Tubing and skiing in the middle of the desert!

Sunkid builds an extravagant indoor experience world in Mega Shopping Mall in the U.A.E.

Place: Dubai /Year: 2010 / Product: Moving Carpet / Tubing

At the intersection of Dubai, Oman and Abu Dabi, the huge BAWADI MALL shopping center was opened in the desert city of Al Ain at the end of last year. To offer visitors an even more attractive shopping experience, part of this mall was designed as an amusement park. Sunkid, together with its partner Neveplast, was commissioned by the project operators to build a first-class indoor tubing and skiing facility in this area.

The United Arab Emirates have made a name for themselves in recent years as a venue for extraordinary structures. Be it the artificial palm island "Jumeirah" , the Burj Al Arab as one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels worldwide, or the currently tallest building in the world, the Burj Chalifa.

Following this trend, shopping is also becoming an experience in this country. As in the example of the shopping center BAWADI MALL in Al Ain. This desert city lies inland at just over 200 meters above sea level, has a floor area the size of Paris and a population of just over 350,000. The BAWADI MALL is located on the outskirts of this city.

The 140,000 m2 "shopping temple" contains more than 400 stores as well as a 10,000 m2 "Family Entertainment Center". As a highlight - besides a roller skating rink, a bowling alley as well as numerous restaurants and eight movie theaters - a "Fun Ski Village" was integrated into the project. Sunkid was awarded the contract to install a first-class skiing and tubing facility there in cooperation with its partner Neveplast.

The indoor "ski area", which is more than 50 meters wide, is located on the second floor of the mall and extends from there to just below the ceiling of the building. Three Sunkid Moving Carpets with a gradient of between 16% and 20% and a total length of more than 100 meters were installed to transport the tubers and skiers. The use of 5.5KW motors enables the Sunkid Moving Carpet to theoretically transport more than 3,000 rides per hour.In terms of fire protection, the Sunkid Moving Carpet meets all standard international requirements.

In the middle of the shopping center

Two ski slopes of almost 1000m² with different gradients offer beginners as well as more experienced skiers the possibility to make a few enjoyable turns in an extraordinary ambience.

The three tubing tracks have different shapes and a total length of more than 140 meters. The highlight is the so-called Kamikaze tubing track, which descends almost vertically from the start and then changes to a compression with a counter-slope almost ten meters below.

The concept of using adventure worlds to encourage visitors to stay longer in the shopping center is not new. However, the approach that BAWADI MALL has taken with this investment surpasses many a customary framework - and proves the operators right. This attraction not only increased the length of stay, but also expanded the catchment area.

The operators are particularly enthusiastic about the low maintenance costs. This system does not require any daily slope maintenance and is also operated entirely without artificial snow, cooling lines or irrigation. As a result, fixed costs can be kept very low, leading to a rapid return on investment. These advantages open up numerous other possible applications both indoors and outdoors, such as hotels and restaurants, indoor amusement parks, theme parks, urban leisure facilities, parks and much more.

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