A Dubai developer has announced plan to build a record-breaking, 1.2km indoor ski run in the middle of a roasting hot desert.
The Meydan One complex would feature the world’s longest indoor ski slope, as well as the highest residential tower on the planet and the largest dancing fountain installation.
If the idea of Dubai holding any sort of ski run record sounds outlandish, it’s worth noting that the United Arab Emirates already holds the record, thanks to its 400-metre slope at the Mall of the Emirates, opened in 2005.
The new ski run would be almost three times as long, and be the centrepiece of a complex including a 711 metre-tall apartment tower, a 350-room hotel and a 420-metre fountain. The tower will also include a sky restaurant at 675 metres (a record) and a 360-degree observation deck at 555 metres (also a record).
The cost of the complex is estimated at around £4.4 billion, and would connect the current Meydan complex and race track to the Burj Khalifa. Developer Meydan says it will eventually house up to 78,000 residents, and will be ready by 2020.
The population of Dubai is currently around 2 million, the result of explosive growth since 1985 when it was closer to 370,000. Current projections suggest it will increase to more than 3.5 million by 2020, when the UAE will host the World Expo 2020.
“We have committed to developing a multi-use destination which goes beyond expectations and will cater to every kind of person living and working here, as well as those who travel from around the world to visit,” Meydan chairman Saeed Al Tayer said in a statement.
“This development is a forward thinking, interactive enterprise geared towards the Dubai of tomorrow. The encouragement and support we have received in the past from our trusted partners will now help the Meydan One development come to life.”