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Dubai brims over with summer fun, from skiing to dinosaur watching

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Imagine doing things like this in the middle of a desert: Skiing down a snow-packed mountain in an indoor ski resort the size of a city block; looking down at the world from atop a half-mile-high building; looking up at a soaring skeleton of a 155-million-year-old dinosaur; riding a glass-bottom boat over a 2.6-million-gallon aquarium, home to zillions of fish from little reefies to giant sharks.

Add to this a broadside of family-oriented festivals, cultural activities, fireworks shows and all kinds of theatrical entertainment, and you’ve got “Summer in Dubai 2014,” running from June 15 through Sept. 6 in this fast-growing emirate on the Persian Gulf.

To further experience culture in Dubai, visitors can learn about local history at an award-winning museum and about age-old traditions, such as henna and pearl diving, at a re-created village spotlighting old-time Dubai.

A Dubai spokeswoman says: “Over recent years (Dubai) has focused on ensuring that it becomes a destination of choice for families...in the city, on the coastline and in the desert, there is a multitude of activities, entertainment and experiences for parents and children to enjoy.” She notes the popular “Modhesh World” – billed as the best indoor family “edu-tainment” destination in the Middle East -- will open at the Dubai World Trade Centre from June through September.

Attention shopaholics: As a grand month-long finale to the summer season, the annual extravaganza “Dubai Summer Surprises” will run from Aug. 2 to Sept. 5. The 17th edition of DSS will again feature shopping bargains at thousands of stores across the city coupled with world-class concerts, theatrical events and other activities.

Details on all major events and activities slated for Dubai can be found on the emirate’s online calendar.

Dubai hosted over 11 million guests last year, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The guest count is expected to rise to 20 million visitors by 2020.

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