31 Jul '16, 5am

Snow City the new hot ticket in Saudi capital #Riyadh

RIYADH (AFP) - Having to wear ski jackets in Riyadh is unheard of, but a new snow park in the Saudi capital has made them a must despite outside temperatures exceeding 45 degree Celsius. Saudi women wearing the compulsory traditional abaya that covers the body from head to toe are now donning thermal coats and cosy boots as they sit on sledges to scoot down the slopes of "Snow City". Unusually in the ultra-conservative kingdom that applies strict segregation rules and where even restaurants have separate sections for "families" and single men, they are also joined by males. The complex is a rarity in Saudi Arabia where there are only small-scale amusement parks for children, and where cinemas or theatres are not allowed. Stretching over 5,000 square metres, the entertainment project does not have proper ski pistes as such, but its modest indoor slopes still manage to provi...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/snow-city-t...

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