Dubai to build world's longest indoor ski slope

As part of a tourism project, a 1.2 km-long ice rink will be set up along with the world’s largest fountain adjacent to a shopping mall, residential tower and a five-star hotel

Dubai: The world’s largest indoor ski slope, spread over 1.2 km, will be built in Dubai, home to several sprawling shopping  malls and skyscrapers.

As part of the Meydan One, a tourism development project, the 1.2 km-long ice rink will be set up along with the world’s largest fountain adjacent to a shopping mall, residential tower and five-star hotel. The project, covering 3.67 million square metres, was launched on Tuesday by Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed before 2020”, the developer said, adding that it is located in the area extending between the Meydan Hotel and Al Khail Road.

“This development is a forward thinking, interactive enterprise geared towards the Dubai of tomorrow. The encouragement we have received in the past from our trusted partners will now help the Meydan One development come to life,” Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Meydan’s Chairman said.

Covering 25,000 square metres, the Meydan One Mall will feature a retractable roof, measuring 150 x 80 metres, which will open in the winter months, over 300 restaurants, cafes and kiosks, and luxury retailers. Dubai already has an artificial indoor ski slope in Mall of the Emirates shopping centre, opened in November 2005.

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