Natural snowfall over the past week in Viet Nam and in the United Arab Emirates has been declared a "once in a generation" occurrence in both of the normally hot countries.
In Viet Nam a thin layer of snow was deposited on Mau Son Mountain in the northern province of Lang Son on January 23-24 as the average temperature dropped to minus one degree Celcius.
In the United Arab Emirates, the northern emirate of Ras al Khaimah reported that a three mile wide area in its Jebel Jais mountain range received four inches (10cm) of snow on Friday, "a situation so rare that the local dialect doesn't even have a word for it", according to media reports. Snow covered the Jebel Jais area for only the second time in recorded history on January 24. Jebel Jais was dusted in snow on December 28, 2004, the first snowfall in living memory for Ras al Khaimah residents. Major Saeed Rashid al Yamahi, a helicopter pilot and the manager of the Air Wing of RAK Police, said the snow covered an area of five kilometres and was 10cm deep."The sight up there this morning was totally unbelievable, with the snow-capped mountain and the entire area covered with fresh, dazzling white snow", Major al Yamahi said.
Crown Prince Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, who is planning an indoor snow centre for his emirate larger than Ski Dubai, visited the area to see the snow. "I had flown there in 2004 when it snowed, but this time it was much bigger and the snowing lasted longer as well", said Major al Yamahi (Source: The National).