The UAE’s weather service, the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), reported that the usually warm and arid region experienced temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celsius (23 Fahrenheit) on Friday evening, CNN reports.
The rare snowfall covered the UAE’s tallest peak, Jebel Jais, and residents weren’t afraid to brave the cold.
Many gathered on the mountain and spent the day building snowmen, having snowball fights and holding tobogganing races.
While the region Ras al-Khaimah has experienced snow several years in a row, the heavy snowfall at Jebel Jais mountain was unusual.
“It was pretty busy (on the mountain) as we don’t usually get snow in UAE, so people from all (over) the Emirates came to see the snow,” a photographer in the region, Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi, told CNN.
The average minimum temperature across the UAE since 2003 has been 13.3 degrees Celsius (55.58 Fahrenheit) according to the NCMS.
Despite the snow being welcomed and celebrated by many, elsewhere organizers for the Tour of Dubai were forced to cancel stage four of the cycling race due to high winds causing dangerous conditions.
The strong winds also toppled a crane, which destroyed several cars and caused a fire. According to local reports, only one person was injured.
It should be recalled that in December a sudden snowfall covered Sahara.