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Bizarre scene as Saudis ice skate in their SANDALS after incredibly rare snowfall turns desert sands powdery white

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A Saudi Arabian man was so excited by snowfall and peculiarly cold weather in the Middle East he took to ice skating on the road in sandals.

The unusually low temperatures and blanket of snow was an unexpected treat for the country's central and northwest regions.

And in a place that is used to daily high temperatures of around 20°C, even in the November 'cold season', maybe its no wonder this guy got his skates on.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, too, Saudi drivers didn't seem too confident on the icy streets - with pictures emerging of cars pulled over to the roadside.

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Having abandoned their cars, some even opted to play in the snow after temperatures dropped to below freezing.

Some were spotted building snowmen wearing the colours of their favourite football teams.

This isn't the first time Saudis have gone a little mad for the winter weather.

A man was filmed somersaulting into the snow, only to get his head stuck, in 2013 after snow fell on the country.

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The YouTube footage , cheekily titled "This is why we don't have snow in Saudi Arabia", has since clocked up more than one million views.

It isn't always fun and games though.

Last year hailstones the size of golf balls rained down on Saudi Arabia, causing deadly ice flash floods.

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Extreme weather conditions battered the country from October 28 as meteorologists predicted eight years of rain in just two days over the Arabian Sea.

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