Lori Zimmer

Dubai's Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

by , 06/17/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery

green design, eco design, sustainable design , Chillout Cafe, ice cafe Dubai, Sharaf Group, ice hotel, Burj Khalifa

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout Café looks as if it were lifted right out of Sweden or Quebec, with couches, chandeliers, and even glasses made from ice. The carved-ice café hits about 21 degrees Fahrenheit, and it offers designer winter gear for its patrons to keep warm while the city blazes at 95° F outside.


green design, eco design, sustainable design , Chillout Cafe, ice cafe Dubai, Sharaf Group, ice hotel, Burj Khalifa

Owned by the UAE’s Sharaf Group, The Chillout Café is decked from floor to ceiling with ice accoutrements—all steadily, and expensively, refrigerated twenty four hours a day.  An ice room in the desert is no surprise for the city of Dubai, which is no stranger to over the top luxury, and energy usage, with its indoor ski slope, soaringly expensive Burj Khalifa, man-made palm-shaped island, and endless luxury shopping.

For around $17, visitors can escape the desert heat for 40 minutes inside the sub-zero café. Guests are given an armor of winter wear to put over their desert-appropriate clothing like thermal jackets, winter boots and fur hats. For just over a half hour, they can play in the arctic experience, cozying up on the fur-covered ice furniture underneath the glow of neon lights shining through the carved ice surfaces around the café. The cover charge includes one mocktail that comes in an ice glass, but other food and drink are also available for order.

Is the Chillout Café just another example of Dubai’s overindulgence, or is it a creative tourist experience?

+ The Chillout Cafe

Via Green Prophet

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3 Comments

  1. The Other Guy May 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

    This has been there for years already, I took my son there in 2009 when I was living there. Most ‘things’ in Dubai don’t belong close to a green article or web site, as they spare no expense in creating tourist attractions regardless of the environment or nature.

  2. legalegl May 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hopefully it is massively insulated to maintain the proper temperature so that less power is required.

  3. Michael Bradley May 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    What a spectacular waste of energy.

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