Already home to a ski hill, Emirates may get a snow park

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Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) – 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, 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.

This image shows an artist rendering of the snow park inside the Reem Mall, which is scheduled to open in 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.. (Reem Mall via AP)

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.