ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Already home to a ski hill inside a mall, the sunbaked deserts of the United Arab Emirates soon may be home to a snow park too.
Officials with Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall, scheduled to open in 2018, say they plan to build a 125,000-square-foot (11,600-square-meter) snow park inside the mall.
In a statement Wednesday, the developers say the park will include opportunities to luge and “zorbing” — which, for the uninitiated, involves rolling down a hill in a giant ball made of transparent plastic.
In Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is already home to an indoor, snow-covered ski hill and penguin shows.
Reem Mall, anticipated to cost $1 billion, is being developed by Kuwait-based National Real Estate Co. and the United Projects for Aviation Services Co.