News: Skiing In Egypt Slated For 2014

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From The National:

Pyramids, pharaohs and most recently the Arab Spring, Egypt is known for many things but skiing is not one of them - but that is set to change.

For the developer behind some of Dubai's biggest shopping malls and Ski Dubai plans to open Ski Egypt in three years.

The move comes as Majid Al Futtaim seeks opportunities to launch its leisure attractions globally, a senior executive said yesterday.

The indoor ski slope will be part of Majid Al Futtaim's 4.4 billion Egyptian pound Mall of Egypt project, which is scheduled to open in 2014.

"It's going to be more of a snow park, but there's going to be a slope element," said Arnaud Palu, the chief executive officer of Majid Al Futtaim Leisure. [ck] It is provisionally called Ski Egypt, he said.

The design has not been finalised, but it will not be as big as the 400 metre slope in Dubai, nor would it have a black run, he said.

The company has two malls already operational in Egypt and is "very actively" looking at other opportunities in the country.

"Egypt is definitely one of the biggest markets we are going after."

One of its malls in Egypt, the Maadi City Centre mall in Cairo, suffered severe damage during the uprisings.

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