Ski madness in Dubai at 32 degrees. Last week, slalom races were held in the 223,000 square meter “Mall of the Emirates” shopping center. A hall became a ski area. Tons of artificial snow, gigantic air conditioning systems that guarantee a constant temperature of minus four degrees, and a chair lift provide the necessary winter atmosphere. A setting that takes getting used to, in which a piece of ski history was written. For the first time, FIS races will take place in a hall.

Part of this insane spectacle is also a Swiss: Carlos Mäder (43). The skier from Ghana was adopted by a Swiss family at a young age. Raised in Obwalden, he now speeds down the ski slopes of the world for his country of birth – including in the United Arab Emirates.

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