Snow Oman within the Mall of Oman positioned in Muscat is a winter wonderland that provides gentle aid from the Sultanate’s sizzling desert local weather. If, like us, you’re pondering of heading right here to chill off this information consists of some helpful details about visiting.
My ladies had been asking to go to Snow Oman because it opened in December 2022. We saved the expertise for the start of June after we all wanted a break from the 40°C+ warmth outdoors.
Oman’s cooler months between October and March appeared a lifetime in the past.
Does it snow in Oman?
Oman could also be largely a desert nation however sure, it does snow in Oman. Throughout our first winter right here there was snow on Jabal Shams within the Hajar Mountains.
However don’t anticipate any pure snow showers on the coast in Muscat.
For snow on this a part of the Sultanate you’ll want to move to Snow Oman within the Mall of Oman.
What’s Snow Oman?
Snow Oman is the most important snow park within the Center East. It consists of 14,830 sq. meters of the white stuff chilled to a refreshing -4°C.
Inside there’s 20 actions together with ringo runs, zorbs, icy slides, an ice rink, an arial trip and snowy play areas modelled on Omani landscapes. There’s a lightweight home, forts and even a frozen Treasure Ship in homage to Oman’s seafaring legend Sinbad.
Snow Oman is considered one of three snow parks run by the identical firm within the Center East and North Africa with a fourth opening in Abu Dhabi quickly.
How a lot does it price?
After we visited in June 2023, admission price between 12.5 OMR and 19.5 OMR (about £34 and £41) per particular person relying on the package deal you select. There was additionally a two day move for 21 OMR (about £43).
Youngsters aged underneath three-years-old get free entry. They will be unable to go on all the rides however there are slides and toboggans that you would be able to pull them round on.
You may guide prematurely and print your micro chipped wristband on the self service machines on the entrance. Or you should buy your wristband on the day.
There’s no low cost for getting prematurely.
Discover the hottest Snow Oman costs on its web site.
The fundamental snow park admission value features a snow swimsuit – a onesie for youths and jacket and trousers for adults – plus snow boots, socks, fleece gloves and a helmet for anybody underneath 130cm.
You may improve to totally different packages that embrace the arial Bullet Trip, ice skating, foods and drinks, water proof gloves and a penguin expertise.
In the event you improve to incorporate ice skating all of the tools – skates, knee pads, helmet and skating aids – are supplied.
You can too pay additional for skilled photographs in entrance of an indication outdoors the snow park.
What to put on to the snow park
Your snow gear is included within the admission value but it surely’s a good suggestion to put on lengthy trousers, a protracted sleeve T-shirt and socks underneath your snow swimsuit, particularly should you really feel the chilly.
The youngsters’ snow fits include a hood however the adults’ jackets don’t, so deliver a woolly hat if you wish to maintain your head heat. Hats are additionally in the stores within the ski store by the altering space.
There are free lockers within the altering room the place you possibly can retailer luggage and objects of clothes that you simply don’t want for the snow park.
There are additionally female and male solely altering areas with personal cubicles.
Locations to eat at Snow Oman
There are two locations to heat up with foods and drinks inside Snow Oman: the Winter Terrace Cafe overlooking the snow park or the Ski Lodge Restaurant subsequent to the ice rink.
We are able to suggest a sizzling chocolate on the Ski Lodge – it’s scrumptious.
You can too exit the snow park to eat at one of many many eating places within the Mall of Oman and are available again to the snow park later. Simply put your ski garments in one of many lockers and use your wristband to test again in.
Snow Oman’s penguins
Snow Oman has a colony of six King and 6 Gentoo penguins, which had been bred at Ski Dubai. Its penguins originated from San Antonio within the USA.
If you wish to meet the penguins inside their ‘penguinarium’ you possibly can add this to your package deal for 7.5 OMR (about £16) per particular person. Penguin experiences final for half-hour.
Nonetheless, there’s a viewing space in the principle snow park the place you possibly can see the penguins with out paying additional. The penguins come into the viewing space each two hours between 2pm and 8pm.
We additionally noticed two of the penguins having a swim within the morning.
Snow Oman Bullet Trip
In case you are afraid of heights it’s not for you!
I had a go and cherished it. You’re secured in a harness and pulled up a brief incline earlier than coasting down a rail that winds and twists over the snow park.
In the event you’ve ever finished a zipper line you’ll know the harnesses can chaff. This one is extra like a seat. The harness is cushioned so it is extremely comfy.
Remember there’s a most weight restrict of 100kg for this trip. You’re not informed this earlier than paying to your ticket so should you do purchase ‘Snow All Entry’ entry and weigh over 100kg you’ll not be permitted to trip.
Ice skating in Oman
The ice rink at Snow Oman is 475 sq. metres, which doesn’t make it the most important in Oman – Enjoyable Zone at Qurm boasts a 1,100 sq. metre actual ice rink – however it’s in probably the most wintery setting.
All of your skating tools, together with skating aids, is supplied and there’s no decrease age restrict for youngsters.
What’s the most effective age for visiting Snow Oman?
There’s something for everybody to do at Snow Oman however I’d not suggest bringing a child. It’s simply too chilly for them. Toddlers can have enjoyable within the snow however may additionally tire rapidly.
Everybody aged three and over has to pay for entry to Snow Oman and underneath 15s should be supervised by an grownup.
There’s no reductions for youngsters’s tickets but when you realize your children wouldn’t need to strive ice skating or the Bullet Trip get monetary savings by shopping for them a ‘Snow Park Move’.
There are peak restrictions for some rides. Our ladies, aged eight and 10 and each taller than one meter 20 centimetres, had been in a position to go on every little thing.
Youthful kids can play within the Snow Blocks space the place you possibly can construct igloos and play on snow diggers. There’s additionally a digger trip.
Round the remainder of the park there’s the Treasure Ship and frost coated play areas set in Omani-style buildings.
How lengthy do you want?
Enable 20 minutes to purchase your wrist bands and to alter into your snow fits. At busier instances it will take longer.
The perfect time to go to should you don’t need to queue for snow fits and rides is at the start of the day. The snow park opens at 10am. It begins to get busy from 1pm.
As soon as inside we spent two hours exploring the park. That is the minimal time you’d ought to permit. We didn’t do every little thing however had had sufficient time within the chilly by this level.
Youthful kids might get chilly sooner.
Your wristband is legitimate all day so you possibly can go and are available again.
When is Snow Oman open?
The snow park is open from 10am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am till midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The place is Oman’s snow park?
You could find the doorway to Snow Oman on degree three of the Mall of Oman. There are viewing home windows on Degree two and three as properly.
We had a blast and would positively suggest checking it out, significantly over the summer time months.
Extra issues to do in Muscat
In the event you’ve obtained extra time to discover Muscat we are able to additionally suggest visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Extra issues to do in Oman
When the climate permits we love days out in Oman’s unbelievable panorama together with its wadis.
Try my put up all concerning the Oman wadis we’ve got visited and my guides to a number of the hottest ones:
We additionally skilled the Hajar Mountains, the Wahiba Sands desert and the historic metropolis of Nizwa throughout our Oman highway journey. Learn extra about our seven day Oman itinerary.