It's common knowledge that countries in the Gulf region don't get to experience (should I say, enjoy) snow, in fact Arab countries are known for its super hot and dry climate... and the summer heat can be so unforgiving here. I suppose it was for this reason that Dubai had to innovate and find a way for residents to have that "cool snowy" experience just the same, hence Ski Dubai - a snow theme park located in Mall of the Emirates was opened some years back, this theme park allowed residents here and tourists alike to enjoy that snow and skiing experience, even though it's an artificial one. (But FYI, we do get to experience winter here in the UAE during the months of December, January and February, but the temp only gets as low as 6 or 8 degrees Celcius).
So this news comes as a surprise to a lot of people who hears of it -- last friday night and yesterday as well, a real phenomenon occurred in Ras Al Khaima - one of the 7 emirates in the UAE. It snowed heavily on the mountainous areas, leaving the Jebel Jais range covered in a thick white blanket of snow. The extreme cold spell brought the temperature on top of the Jebel Jais mountain cluster, situated at a height of 5,700 feet, to as low as -3 degree Celsius on Friday night, as the snow blanketed an area extending over 5kms. So that explains why it was terribly cold here in Dubai yesterday...brrrr! I guess this really goes to show how bad global warming is progressing.
Here are some photos of that strange snow occurrence:
Ras Al Khaimah had experienced heavy snowing on Jebel Jais mountains four years ago on December 28, 2004, but the recent snowing was much bigger and it lasted longer as well. The Jebel Jais mountain cluster is situated around 25kms from Ras Al Khaimah City and normally has significantly lower temperatures even during the peak summer months.
It was reported in the news that Ras Al Khaimah has plans to capitalize on the attractive climate and spectacular scenery of Jebel Jais by building a mountain resort and ski slope on top of the mountains. Hmm...another theme park, but this time the snow maybe for real.