Long-time before, in Sweden, the first ice lounge and ice hotels started appearing. These hotels are fully made with ice blocks and snow. When one such hotel was first opened, everyone laughed it off, but very soon it caught the attention of “different” seeking tourists and now there are 5 such hotels that appear in Sweden during winter when ice is plentiful.
So, when we first heard off the Chill Out lounge in Dubai, we were all surprised. It was nothing but wishful thinking. How it is possible to make a lounge fully made from the ice when the outside temperature during peak summer hovers around 50 degrees, thus we asked. Though, Dubai has done very many feats previously unheard of. It has made gigantic malls, sky-high towers, a garden full of actual flowers, and domes full of butterflies. There is an obsession here to do what is considered “impossible”. This is the motto of its ruler High Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Well, we somehow went to see this audacious feat. We took a cab from the Crown Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, and asked the driver to take us to Chillout Lounge. The friendly driver said so you want to Time Square Mall. We said just take us to Chill Out lounge. It was summer and the outside temperature was already 40 degrees at 11 am. We were sure that it would be a simple restaurant with some ice sculptures or ice statuettes. It was a drive of 15 kilometers and we reached the Time Square Mall. It was an imposing structure. After paying off the taxi, we asked the reception desk located at the entrance to point us to the Chill Out lounge.
When we reached there, we saw a huge board in blue and grey, “Chill Out Lounge”. We also saw some tourists coming out with a thick fur coat, albeit, artificial fur! Surprised and excited, we headed out to the reception. A friendly hostess explained about the Chill Out concept and also about what we would find there. After purchasing the entry ticket (Aed 80 per person), we were given the full winter gear. The hostess explained to us that the internal temperature would be as low as -6C. Our doubts were laid to rest when we went inside. It was an icy blast. Everything inside it was made from ice. Ice chandeliers, ice tables, ice chairs, and even ice glasses for serving the complimentary juices.
What we really liked there were very intricately carved ice statues. The lighting inside of deep shades like deep blue, deep purple, and deep red. This added a mystic glow to the whole place. We shivered even inside our thick winter gear. We could touch everything there and we did to assure ourselves that they are really made from ice and not from some glass. The waitress there offered us a seat, which, thankfully was covered with some artificial fur. This made us reassured to sit and have our juice.
We asked many questions to the hostess who gladly replied. She said that this lounge is very popular with tourists from all countries. Most come here with disbelief and go with a smile. She told us that the whole lounge interiors were pre-fabricated and shipped to Dubai flat packs and they were reassembled here. The ice-glasses that are used by the tourists are “waste” and are thrown as liquid waste, never reused. She said that there could be more than 1000 ice-glasses being consumed every day during peak time.
Inside, we were also offered a menu in case we wanted to eat something. We ordered hot chocolate and one cheese platter. Thankfully, the hot chocolate came in typical aluminum mugs. The cheese platter was very tasty and could serve the two of us well. We must say that some guests ordered even cold salads. We sat on the fur-covered seats and had our drinks. There were quite a few visitors during our visit. Most of them were busy taking selfies. The waitress was happily obliging everyone, whoever wanted her to take their pictures or videos.
Right in the corner, there was a small shop too, selling memorabilia of the Chill Out lounge. These included mugs, cups, fur caps, and other items. We were on a limited budget so we happily waved the opportunity off. Within 45 minutes of time, we felt it was more than enough time. The cold was already biting our bones. When we wanted to go out, they collected our winter gear and requested us to write something in the guest book. That was a very good gesture and we wrote our own experience.
Here is what you would like there;
a) The whole icy ambiance
b) The every smiling and jovial hostess who was well trained to serve and be of help
c) The ice sculptures
d) The ice serving glasses and bowls
If you ever doubted this then believe us, it is really happening in Dubai and as one tourist from Oman exclaimed, “Unbelievable”. That was our summing up too.
Ultimately, Chill Out Lounge is a nice escape from oppressive heat and enjoys a few moments inside subarctic temperatures. It provides us a hint of how humans survive in places like Siberia where the temperature in winter nose drives lower than -6C. Visit once to get your chills and thrills.
Location and Visiting Chill Out lounge
Chill Out Lounge is located on the ground floor of Time Square Center, Al Quoz District of Dubai. It is very close to Sheikh Zayed Road. This subzero lounge is an offering from Sharaf Group, which is also the owner of Time Square Center and other iconic ventures as Sharaf DG, their flagship Electronics superstore.
It is open from 10 AM to 10 PM every day, all days of the week.
You may take Red Line Metro and get down at Noor Bank Metro station and then you may walk to this Palm Tree lined Mall. You may also take a feeder bus from there to come to the mall. All buses from Noor Bank Metro would get you to this place.