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The 3.67-million-square-meter Meydan One won’t be home to Dubai’s first indoor ski resort, though it will beat the old record by three times. The extravagant desert city nabbed the Guinness World Record for the longest indoor ski slope in 2005 with a 400-meter slope built inside the Mall of the Emirates. Both the Mall of Emirates indoor ski resort and the Meydan One ski resort will be open year-round despite summer temperatures in Dubai that can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Once complete, the Meydan One will become home to nearly 80,000 residents. In addition to the record-breaking ski slope, the complex will include a Meydan sporting arena at the base of the ski slope and a 25,000-square-meter indoor multi-purpose sports facility that will accommodate nearly every sport imaginable, from tennis to mixed martial arts.

“In a city that never stops innovating, today’s announcement is significant for the future of Dubai and the UAE. 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,” said Meydan Chairman Saeed Humaid Al Tayer. The first phase of the development is slated for completion before 2020 just as Dubai prepares to host the World Expo 2020.

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Via The Verge