Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 14 December 2019

Snow park to open on Abu Dhabi's Reem Island next year

Simply called Snow Abu Dhabi, the attraction will be in the new Reem Mall development

A rendering of the upcoming Snow Abu Dhabi, which will open near the end of 2020. WAM / Hassan Bashir
A rendering of the upcoming Snow Abu Dhabi, which will open near the end of 2020. WAM / Hassan Bashir

A snow play park will open in Abu Dhabi in late 2020, and is being constructed as part of the upcoming Dh4.4 billion Reem Mall development.

The park, called simply Snow Abu Dhabi, will spread across 11,612 square metres when completed – to put that size into perspective, it is almost four times the size of Ski Dubai's snow park. The snow park is the area other than the main ski slope in the Mall of the Emirates destination, where you can toboggan etc.

Blizzard’s Bazaar, Snowflake Garden and Flurries’ Mountain are just some of the unique attractions that will welcome visitors at Snow Abu Dhabi, when the attraction opens on Reem Island in late 2020. The snow play park - set to become the world’s largest destination of its kind – is part of the leisure and entertainment projects being delivered by Al Farwaniya Property Developers, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures and Thinkwell at the $1.2 billion Reem Mall development. The 125,000-sq-ft destination will feature a total of 13 rides and attractions and will emulate an enchanted world with a wide range of activities spread across several distinct zones. In each zone, visitors will find a unique slate of activities hosted by some of the land’s fantastic characters. Construction on Reem Mall began in late 2017 and is anticipated to be complete by late 2020. The retail, dining and leisure destination will offer 2 million-sq-ft of leasable area comprising of 450 stores, including 100 dining options and a range of entertainment options.   WAM/Hassan Bashir
The park will feature 13 rides and attractions. WAM

However, the new snow park will be about half the size of Ski Dubai overall, which is 22,500 square metres, due to the huge ski run. The Abu Dhabi snow park will not have a ski run, but it will feature 13 rides and attractions, including Blizzard’s Bazaar, Snowflake Garden and Flurries’ Mountain, and there will be winter wonderland-style characters in the park to entertain younger visitors, too.

Construction on Reem Mall began in late 2017 and is anticipated to be complete by late 2020. The retail, dining and leisure destination will offer two million square feet of leasable space, comprising 450 stores, including 100 dining options.

An overhead view of the Reem Mall development in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Al Farwaniya Property Developments
An overhead view of the Reem Mall development in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Al Farwaniya Property Developments

Snow Abu Dhabi is just one of the entertainment options being built in the mall, which is a partnership between Al Farwaniya Property Developers, Thinkwell and Majid Al Futtaim Ventures (the latter is the holding company behind Ski Dubai).

Reem Mall will also feature a hypermarket, four department stores, two food courts, a multiplex cinema and more. Reem Mall will be divided into three areas: Mangrove Atrium, Urban Facade and Dynamic Facade – each inspired by the capital's mangrove forests, which includes salt flats and crystal formations.

A rendering of the Mangrove Atrium at Reem Mall. Courtesy Reem Mall
A rendering of the Mangrove Atrium at Reem Mall. Courtesy Reem Mall

Another ski attraction under construction in the UAE is at Meydan One Mall in Dubai, which sits in between Al Khail Road and the existing Meydan Racecourse. When the project was announced in 2015, a one-kilometre-long ski slope was part of the plan. Ground broke on that project in 2017, and it's slated to be finished in 2020.

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This article has been corrected to clarify the size of Ski Dubai

Updated: July 2, 2019 04:04 PM

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