Shopping malls in Dubai are certainly entertaining, and the Mall of the Emirates is no exception. A coffee meeting I had scheduled there last night was an excuse for my hosts to do some shopping, and with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2012 in full swing, this massive temple of brands was packed!

The showcase, of course, is Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Dubai skiing may not have been on your itinerary, but who could resist the urge to bundle up and check out the ice sculptures, ski lift and fluffy snow? Whatever you think about desalination, you have to admit that the results in the United Arab Emirates are certainly impressive.

Another segment of our In One Picture series.

Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.