x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Oasis: penguins' Antarctic antics in Dubai

Ski Dubai has brought in 20 penguins from the American marine park SeaWorld San Antonio.

Groups of 10 to 20 can also book tickets to the ‘Peng-Friend’ programme, which gives them the chance to directly interact with the penguins in a specially designated area replicating their natural Antarctic habitat. Sarah Dea / The National
Groups of 10 to 20 can also book tickets to the ‘Peng-Friend’ programme, which gives them the chance to directly interact with the penguins in a specially designated area replicating their natural Antarctic habitat. Sarah Dea / The National

Penguins in the middle of the desert? Ski Dubai has brought in 20 penguins from the American marine park SeaWorld San Antonio to become a permanent fixture in its 22,500-square-metre indoor resort.

Beginning Sunday, guests can witness a daily ‘march of the penguins’, where the extraordinary birds navigate around the snow park, as part of a physical and mental enrichment programme administered by a 13-member international team, brought in specifically to care for these aquatic animals.

Groups of 10 to 20 can also book tickets to the ‘Peng-Friend’ programme, which gives them the chance to directly interact with the penguins in a specially designated area replicating their natural Antarctic habitat.

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