The concept of skiing or snowboarding in the Middle East seems pretty unlikely, but snowsports fans in Dubai now have access to top level snowboard training.

Ski Dubai, the first indoor snowboard resort in the Middle East, introduced a series of summer snowboard camps sponsored by Burton throughout August 2006.

The five-day camps were conducted by Ski Dubai’s resident instructors and two of Burton’s best global riders - Gigi Ruf, and Sani Alibabic.

“This is a one-off opportunity for snowboarders in the region to take their skills to the highest level," said Fuad Al Najjar, General Manager for Ski Dubai. "We are offering instruction by Ski Dubai’s instructors for the first two days of the camp and the Burton riders joined the training sessions for the last two days. To wind up the camp there was a three-hour freestyle session to showcase the freestyle skills guests learned in the course, and allow them the opportunity to ride with professional riders."

The Burton snowboarding camps are open to kids, teens and adults and are supported by the Kempinski Hotel, Sezzam and Snow Pro.