Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund "will build a 'BVB-Erlebniswelt' (BVB Adventure World) at the northwest corner of its Signal Iduna Park until spring '14," according to RUHR NACHRICHTEN. The new more-than-2,000 square meter service center will reportedly cost more than €5M ($6.5M) and "is supposed to become a meeting point for Borussia fans." Marketing Dir Carsten Cramer said, "The goal is to make the brand BVB come to life in an all-encompassing adventure world." The state-of-the-art service center "will have tickets right next to jerseys and stadium tours right next to away game trips." It "will also include a cafeteria and a BVB digital center" (RUHR NACHRICHTEN, 5/4).
The UAE "might soon have a ski resort in a natural environment," to go along with its artifical indoor ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates, according to Saifur Rahman of GULF NEWS. The Ras Al Khaimah government is developing a ski resort on its mountains bordering Oman’s Musandam peninsula where visitors "can ski in a natural and open environment." A road network to reach the peak where Jebel Jais Resort would be built is 70% complete. It "snows occasionally on the mountain during winter" -- which "may not be enough for operating an all-year-round ski facility, necessitating artificial means to generate ice." RAK Airways President Murabit Al Sawaf said, "We are currently experimenting with the technology to produce a large quantity of ice during winter. Once it’s done successfully, we will have the region’s first winter ski resort in Ras Al Khaimah" (GULF NEWS, 5/6).