Only in Dubai: Outdoor ice-skating rink – in 49°C – opens

By Angel Chan

Zero-energy ice offers same glide-effect as conventional ice

DUBAI 19 September 2017: Desert Snow, a specialist winter effects company, and Middle East partner for Glice, a market leader for ecological rinks, has introduced the first-of-its-kind ecological outdoor skating rink in the UAE – where summer temperatures hit close to 50°C.

Glice installed the 200 m2 rink at Next Generation School in Dubai, so that students can get a sustainable taste of ice skating and welcome a sport to their curriculum that is very un-desert-like.


Thanks to a complex molecular technology Glice zero-energy ice functions entirely without the use of water and electricity, while offering the same glide-effect as conventional ice. Hence, Glice ice rinks allow for eco-friendly, climate-independent and cost-efficient installations.

Just five years ago the startup slid into the market for ecological ice rinks and advanced to the rank of industry leader in no time. Glice was co-founded by CEO Viktor Meier.

“We are truly delighted to partner with Glice on this unique and innovative ecological ice rink to introduce yet another ‘first’ to the UAE. With the hundreds of events taking place in Dubai every year leading up to Expo 2020, we foresee demand for fast, innovative ideas and this is what we are here to cater for. We have the ideas and the know-how to create fun, engaging and unique family-friendly activities totally safe for all ages,” said Ben Elliott-Scott, Managing Director of Desert Snow.


Today Glice sells its ecological ice rinks in more than 70 countries on 5 continents and prominent clients include Coca Cola, Red Bull and the Venetian Casino and Hotel. The array of installations ranges from the world’s biggest ecological ice rink in Azerbaijan to tiny installation in private gardens, garages and basements.

During the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil, a Glice ice rink became a true people magnet and welcomed the Brazilian National Ice Hockey Team and the Swiss president among its visitors.

Desert Snow brings a wealth of expertise in the winter effects industry offering expert services in real, artificial and technical snowmaking systems for event agencies, film and TV, retailers, developers and private clients.