The ski season opens in the desert of Dubai

Under the dome of Ski Dubai, the November 25 2005

DUBAI (AFP) - The ski season officially opened on Friday in the Dubai indoor ski resort located in the emirate desert.

The lower slopes have begun to welcome skiers while the higher ones are expected to open the 14 December, said station director Phil Taylor.

Surfers can also indulge in their favorite sport at this resort located in the gigantic Mall of the Emirates.

"I'm going to take a ski lesson before going back to a business meeting," says an Emirati citizen, who will have to swap his traditional djellaba for hot ski tracksuits before sliding onto the tracks.

Surfer Johnny Yammine, who usually spends his free time motocrossing or climbing mountains, said he was "delighted with the good quality of the snow" ...

To add that it cools swimming pools with air conditioners and that no one sees any inconvenience.

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