Fancy Skiing in Oman?
Following the success of the real snow indoor ski slope in the mall of the Emirates in Dubai, and in an effort to improve tourism figures, it has been announced that Oman’s capital, Muscat, is to have a new Snow Village built in the Palm Mall. Temperatures in Oman vary from around 39 degC in July to a mere 26 degC in December, but still not generally cold enough for snow!
Costing around £20million, the Snow Village will be part of the Palm Mall shopping centre and contracts have been signed by the Dutch company ‘Unlimited Snow’ with completion expected in early 2017. The Palm Mall centre itself is estimated to cost around £15million and will also include a 12 screen cinema complex, a hotel and aquarium.
Initial sketches look like this will be more of a snow village than an out and out ski centre, unlike the Ski Dubai centre which has a 400m slope with a 60m drop, and 5 runs of varying degrees of difficulty. Opened in 2005, Ski Dubai has an indoor chair lift, a mock space shuttle, a penguin encounter area and a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons from their in-house ski school.
A £200million snow dome for east London announced in 2013 has, unsurprisingly, not yet materialised….