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Snow covers UAE mountain, first time in history

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25 Jan 09 - - For the first time in the desert country's history, snow blanketed the peak of Jais Mountain in the northern United Arab Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah Sunday.

So rare was the event that one lifelong resident said the local dialect had no word for it.

Ras Al Khaimah's government said plans were in the works to capitalize
on the country's only mountainous region by building a ski resort.

Sunday's snowfall was only the second time in recorded history that it has snowed in the emirate, with temperatures dropping two degrees below zero as 20 cm (eight inches) of snow accumulated in some places.

“The sight up there this morning was totally unbelievable, with the snow-capped mountain and the entire area covered with fresh, dazzling white snow,” said a helicopter pilot who flew over the area. “It is still freezing cold up there and there are chances that it might snow again tonight.”

Limited snowfall has been recorded on the mountain in 2004, but for the first time in its history the mountain's peak was fully covered, the WAM news agency reported.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/01/25/64949.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g4R9cp8t_BATrh5ZEMTgivt4wKtQ
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090125/NATIONAL/688880349/1010/enewsletter

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