Sure, summer can be scorching here in the UAE – but eight months out of the year we can’t complain about our sun-filled days and lack of rain.
However there are times we long for the excitement of snowfall, especially around Christmas-time.
So we’re a little jealous of those in Saudi Arabia at the moment, where plunging temperatures saw a thick layer of the powdery stuff dust the country yesterday.
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Cue pictures of residents enjoying snowball fights, and desert scenes turned to white.
One guy in particular made the most of the icy conditions, in a short clip that’s making global headlines.
The unidentifed man skiied down a Saudi mountain road, but with a twist – he didn’t actually use any skis.
شاهد المقطع الذي صدم محترفي التزلج في أوروبا وأمريكا تزلج على الثلج في جبال اللوز بالطريقة السعودية#جبل_اللوز#تبوك pic.twitter.com/TOf6BKRZPe
— ماجد فتيني (@majed_waheep) November 23, 2016
We’d take that over a typical Tuesday afternoon in the office.
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The sudden weather front saw temperatures in the Middle Eastern country drop to below around -3 degrees Celsius, leaving central and northwestern regions looking like a winter wonderland.
The snow wasn’t expected to stick around though, with forecasts for today showing a sunny 23C.
But while the one-day blizzard lasted, it made for some incredible imagery.
Here are our favourite snaps from the cold snap:
Snow in Saudi Arabia is a forewarning of coming winter. Winter 2017 will be worse this year. https://t.co/p7TgahUml3 pic.twitter.com/nDlEydvUAl
— Betsey Lewis (@betseyJLewis1) November 29, 2016
Snow has started falling in northern #SaudiArabia#snow #winter #brrr #snowinsaudi pic.twitter.com/tLhzzhMRsb
— ✨Rimsha Khan✨ (@rimshaKhan82) November 23, 2016
CyberAnonymous: AlArabiya_Eng: Citizens share rare photos of snow in #SaudiArabia https://t.co/ndznlzsykD pic.twitter.com/5DjU40jQxt
— ✽̤̥̈̊BAFFA✽̤̈»̶·̵ (@ikmuhd) November 29, 2016
Snow today in Jabal Al-Lawz (mountain of almonds), Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. 23-11-2016/22-2-1438H #MyArabia 💚🇸🇦pic.twitter.com/8CAVx8L1pC
— رسيس عبدالرحمن الفهد (@Rasees) November 23, 2016
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