The first indoor snow centre for Africa looks set to open in 2015 following the awarding of a $400m (US) construction contract by MAF Properties, the company behind Ski Dubai.
The Mall of Egypt in Cairo will house Africa’s first indoor snow slope as its main attraction with a scheduled opening date of June 2015.
The slope will be part of a mall spread over a 400 hectare site in Sixth of October City on the edge of the Egyptian capital. The mall will house nearly 400 shops, a multiplex cinema and, like the mall of the Emirates home of Ski Dubai, a Carrefour hypermarket.
No announcement has been made as yet on the size of the slope, but early indications are that it will not be quite as big as that of Ski Dubai, which is one of the world’s 10 largest.
“Egypt’s strong economic fundamentals, such as its young and growing population, make it an attractive growth market,” Peter Walichnowski, chief executive of MAF Properties who run SkI Dubai and who have already invested $410 million in Egyptian malls including Maadi City Centre and Alexandria City Centre.