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Emiratis hold tobogganing races as the UAE experiences snowfall

Updated 10:53 AM ET, Mon February 6, 2017
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Crowds gathered at Jebel Jais mountain, in Ras al-Khaimah on February 4 after the United Arab Emirates region experienced large snowfall. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi
Many gathered on the mountain to frolic in the snow -- some men even held tobogganing races. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi
While the region Ras al-Khaimah has experienced snow three years in a row, the heavy fall at Jebel Jais mountain was unusual. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi
Emiratis were stunned by the snow and enjoyed the cold temperatures by building snowmen and having snowball fights. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi
The UAE's weather service, the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), recorded a low of -5 degrees Celsius (23 Fahrenheit) on Friday evening. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi
The average minimum temperature across the UAE since 2003 has been 13.3 degrees Celsius (55.58 Fahrenheit) according to the NCMS. Courtesy Yousef Bin Shakar Alzaabi