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Saudi Arabia’s first Snow City to open this week

Saudi Arabia’s first Snow City to open this week

The attraction will offer dramatically different conditions to the local climate

Saudi Arabia is set to receive its first Snow City, claiming to offer locals the chance to experience ‘real snow’ for the first time at temperatures of below three degrees Celsius.

The Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism Company facility, which will open on Wednesday, July 13 in Riyadh’s Al Othaim Mall Rabwa, will offer dramatically different conditions to the local climate, where summer temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius.

The firm’s chief executive officer Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Othaim said the attraction would boost tourism and create jobs for Saudi nationals.

Snow City has been constructed at a cost of SAR 100m ($26.6m) over an area of 5,000 sqm. It will offer 12 different activities to visitors including a suspension bridge, ice bumper cars, a sledge and ski zone, rope courses, a climbing wall and snowmobiles.

The site also includes an events space and several food and beverage outlets.

Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism Company’s other attractions include Saffori Land, Faby Land, My Town, Action Zone, Slash Water Park, and Extreme Zone.

Snow-themed attractions have proved popular in the Gulf, with several open in the United Arab Emirates including Ski Dubai at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates and an Ice Rink at Dubai Mall.

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