Glice Artificial Ice Rink in Sioux Falls, US as seen on KELOLAND News

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“The Glice® rink is actually made of a material which looks like ice, it feels like ice, but it’s not ice. It’s 100 percent ecological. It doesn’t need electricity and it’s a lot of fun,” said Glice co-founder Viktor Meier while visiting a recent installation in Sioux Falls. Watch the KELOLAND News clip to see more!

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Glice® Synthetic Eisstock Track at Luxurious Hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg Visited by German TV Crew


Since last week the 5 star hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg surprises its guests with a novel entertainment twist – a synthetic Eisstock track by Glice® including views onto the Elbe river. The TV crew from NDR Hamburg Journal visited while the newly installed Eisstock track was inaugurated by the hotel’s staff.

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Glice® Artificial Ice Rink at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago Covered by Patch.com


The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago has just installed an artificial ice rink by Glice® to offer visitors an ecological ice skating experience that goes well with its preservation mission. Brookfield Zoo is the third zoo in the US to feature a Glice® rink, the other two being Columbus Zoo in Ohio and Detroit Zoo. Find the full article below as seen on Patch.com. To learn more about the sustainable Glice® technology, have a look here: https://www.glicerink.com/synthetic-ice-rink-technology/

Here is the full story, published on Patch.com:

New, Temporary Skating Rink Unveiled At Brookfield Zoo

The rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers.

BROOKFIELD, IL – Guests venturing out to Brookfield Zoo this winter can now lace up their ice skates. The Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, are teaming up to unveil a new temporary addition to the zoo – a skating rink.

The zoo said the 40-foot x 80-foot rink is located on the zoo’s East Mall and will be open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. for zoogoers starting Saturday, Nov. 3, and closing for the season Jan. 27, 2019. Throughout the zoo’s Holiday Magic festival, the rink will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Chicago Wolves to bring this exciting, new attraction to our guests,” CZS Chief Operating Officer Rich Gamble said in a release. “The skating rink will be a great addition to the variety of winter activities taking place at Brookfield Zoo this holiday season, including the annual Tree Trim event and Holiday Magic festival, and the inaugural Reindeer Run and Lights & Lagers.”

The zoo said the rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation. Brookfield Zoo joins Detroit Zoo and Columbus Zoo as the only zoos in the country to install a Glice® rink.

“It’s an honor to team up with Brookfield Zoo to give people the chance to enjoy something new for the holidays,” Wolves President Mike Gordon said in a release. “We hope the opening of the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink marks the start of another must-do tradition for families throughout the Chicago area.”

The cost for unlimited time for all skaters on the rink is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Australia’s Capital Covered by Canberra Times


Ice skating down under sounds a tad counterintuitive – but with Glice® synthetic ice rinks it’s now very feasible! Read below what the Canberra Times says about the capital’s futuristic Glice® rink! To find out how Glice® is shaping a sustainable future of ice sports around the globe, visit https://www.glicerink.com/synthetic-ice-rink-about-company/

Here is the full story, published in the Canberra Times, one of Australia’s most important newspapers:

The pros and cons of Canberra’s iceless ice rink

The future is here – and it’s not all drones, Big Brother style CCTV coverage and tiny microwaveable meals.

It’s called ‘ice skating without the ice’.

As someone who feels the cold deeply, I was beside myself when I found out there is now a synthetic ice rink in Canberra (okay it opened in February, but I was busy having my portrait painted and finding Canberra’s best potato scallop).

However, there are pros and cons to visiting iSkate Park – located at Fyshwick’s Powerkart Raceway. I’ve done the research for you.

PROS

It looks and feels exactly like ice

The synthetic surface – which was shipped to Canberra all the way from Swiss company Glice – is actually self-lubricating plastic. ‘No water or electricity required to run your rink,’ the Glice website says.

But it’s so close to ice it’s scary. Like it even has that dirty area where people enter and exit the rink.

At approximately 300sqm, iSkate Park is less than a quarter of the size of a traditional ice rink, so for those kids whose version of ice skating looks like laps clinging to the barriers surrounding the ice, it just means gliding past mum and dad more often.

The boots don’t smell like dirty old feet (or have shoelaces that snap off)

Viewing the rack upon rack of brand new, identical, grey Glice boots is just so satisfying. The boots don’t smell and they have no laces. So kids can put them on by themselves.

 An 80s soundtrack to die for

Arriving at iSkate Park is like stepping back to the 1980s roller – or ice – rink of your dreams. (For me it was the Blue Light Roller Disco at the Queanbeyan YMCA.) Think neon, a giant disco ball, dimmed lighting and a soundtrack starring Toto, Madonna and Queen.

iSkate Park is basically the kids’ version of my favourite 80s bar, 88mph. BIG TICK.

No need to rug up

I was there at night and it was cool but definitely not ‘I can see my own breath’ cold. The kids wore T-shirts and jeans. As a spectator, I didn’t have to put on eight million layers and a beanie. iSkate is a winter wonderland, without the winter part.

It hurts way less when you fall

My kids and their friends fell over just as much as they would have on real ice but bruising was non-existent and there was no guttural ‘ugh’ as they landed on the synthetic surface.

CONS

The boot blades are still razor sharp

When the kids pick up their boots, they’re still given the ‘fall with your fists closed’ safety talk. I honestly thought the boots would be entirely plastic. Not so.

So many exciting distractions

Let’s be real – if you’re at a venue offering not one butthree awesome activities under one roof, your kids will spend approximately 50 per cent of the time at the first activity begging to do the other two activities. Also, as soon as a go-kart race kicks off, they stand at the edge of the rink and stare longingly. Which leads me to …

 The sound of the karts

I jumped a mile high when my stunning rendition of Electric Dreams was interrupted by the squeal of six power karts starting a race. But hey, the name of the activity is literally iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway so I probably could have tried harder to manage my expectations.

 The verdict: A great treat for the kids and definitely novel. Make sure you take extra cash as they’re guaranteed to want to do glow-in-the-dark Jungle Golf or race the power karts afterwards.

 Details: iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway, 125 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT. $11 for 30 minutes, $15 for 60 minutes or $18 for 90 minutes, plus $3 skate hire. Bookings not required. Further information at www.powerkarts.com.au

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink Training Facility in the US Covered by NHL.com


Atkinson’s ‘Battery Hockey’ facility aims to put a charge in training

Blue Jackets forward teams with local business owners to open high-tech training center for developing hockey players.

The idea for Columbus’ soon-to-be new hockey training facility, The Battery Hockey Academy, didn’t just materialize out of thin air.

It materialized in cool air, which just wasn’t cool enough to maintain an outdoor ice rink at Jason Ohlson’s office in New Albany.

“I used to have a big tanker truck come in and flood it,” said Ohlson, a hockey dad, owner of a local marketing firm and part-owner of The Battery Hockey Academy. “It’s only a couple hundred dollars’ worth of water, but it just sits there because it doesn’t get cold long enough to create any kind of reliable experience on it.”

Ohlson’s frustration was given a synthetic solution, called Glice, and that eventually spun off into plans for “The Battery” – a training facility for hockey players that plans to open in September at 8515 Rausch Dr., in Plain City.

“We’re solving a problem,” Ohlson said of the new venture, which is part-owned by Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson. “We’re not just selling an idea. It’s literally, ‘Here’s your solution,’ that the city needs. This is not a novelty. There’s nothing novel about this.”

Especially the synthetic ice, which was the initial solution for Ohlson’s melting rink. Ohlson learned about it from Matt Dickson, a local emergency-medicine doctor and another part-owner in the venture.

Dickson had a strip of Glice installed in his garage, for his sons to practice shooting pucks, and he remembered Ohlson’s soggy rink. Ohlson checked out the strip himself and soon contacted Glice’s North American representative – who just happens to be Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets forward.

They discussed Ohlson’s outdoor rink, but the idea for The Battery Hockey Academy soon took over – forming as a collaboration of hockey dads, a local youth coach and Atkinson, who heard about initial plans during a charity dinner with Ohlson.

“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time,” Atkinson said. “It was just trying to figure out how to do it with the right people. He started kind of talking about this with me, and it was spot on, because I was like, ‘I literally have the same vision of what I want to do, especially in Columbus, just knowing so many youth programs, high-school teams and professional athletes who come back in the summer and train here that need a facility like this – where it’s strictly a facility for hockey training purposes and where you can really zero-in on your hockey skills and development.”

WHAT’S ON TAP?

The Battery Hockey Academy is housed in a warehouse that was once used to construct 50-caliber bullets for the U.S. military. Its large open space was perfect for how its new owners planned to use it.

Inside, will be a 75-foot by 55-foot studio ice rink for individual and team instruction, along with a 60-by-60 synthetic Glice rink to be used for stations focused on stickhandling, shooting, body positioning and even body-checking.

There will be a room to hold team video breakdowns, a state-of-the art weight room for off-ice training and even a kitchen for teams that might want to host meals there. Open to all ages, the main attraction is a circuit-training course using hockey skills, designed specifically to help individual players improve their skills.

Instruction will be handled by a roster of coaches assembled by Joey Nahay, director of hockey for the Capital Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), who will lead instruction and is another part-owner.

“I looked at it like, ‘I’m going to solve a problem and I’m going to be first to market, best to market, and we’re going to develop a circuit-style training environment,'” Ohlson said. “So, if a kid comes to us and he’s 8-years old or he’s 18-years old, you’re going to come in and go through the ‘Battery’s circuit: 20 minutes on the ice, then 20 minutes over to the Glice and stickhandling and positioning and body checking and all that, and then another space where you get rotated over to the shooting area. You could also use the skating studio.

It will be a unique experience, to say the least.

“You’ll find something like this in Pittsburgh, you’ll find something like this in Chicago and you’ll find something like this in Minnesota,” Ohlson said. “You’re just not going to find it anywhere in Ohio.”

At least, not until August.

The plan is to hit the ice in stride about a month from now, after the Glice rink is installed, the studio rink is finished and the weight room is complete. The Columbus hockey community is already buzzing, according to Atkinson, who said some of his Blue Jackets teammates are fired up too.

“I just saw [Zach Werenski] and [Seth Jones], guys that were just in town recently, and they’re so excited that when they come back, they’re going to be able to come up to a facility like this,” said Atkinson, who plans to train at “The Battery” throughout the year. “You’re going to be like a kid in a candy store if you’re a hockey player. It’s just going to be hockey all day, every day.”

It should fit right in the local hockey scene, considering the growth in popularity of the sport in Columbus. Atkinson has witnessed that growth the past seven years, since making his NHL debut in 2011, and his goal is to fan the flame.

He’s since gotten married, bought a house, signed a long-term contract extension and is set to become a father for the first time within a matter of weeks. Fostering the local hockey scene is high on his personal agenda.

“That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to start this, as well, because my wife and I are having a baby at the end of this month and we just bought a house in Upper Arlington, and we plan on being here full-time in the summers and training here in the summers, and starting our family here,” Atkinson told BlueJackets.com. “We love it in Columbus. There’s also so many young hockey players here, who not only want to get better and improve their skills and make it to high-school hockey, AAA programs, college and then hopefully, one day, realize their dreams to make it to the professional ranks. It was a no-brainer for this to happen.”

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Glice® Synthethic Ice Rink in the Maldives Covered by CNN


An ice rink is quite possibly the last thing you would expected in a tropical paradise such as the Maldives; but then again, it’s a dream destination, so you are allowed, if not urged, to dream a little! The Jumeirah Vittaveli has made this particular and unlikely dream come true and opted for Glice®, when installing the first synthetic ice rink in the Maldives. Read the full story, as seen on CNN, below. To find out how Glice® synthetic ice rinks are rewriting the physical laws of ice sports, visit https://www.glicerink.com

Here is the story, published on CNN:

Is this the most unlikely place for an ice rink?

(CNN) — A tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is best known for its 1,000-some islands and over-the-top experiences.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers an “Instagram Butler” service and an all-glass, underwater restaurant; Soneva Jani provides private water slides for all its overwater villas; and The Private Reserve is the world’s largest overwater villa.

But this spring, there’s another reason to visit: the destination‘s first ice rink.

Dubbed “Ice Ice Maybe…,” the1,829-square-foot (170-square-meter) rink opened in March at the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort, located about 20 minutes by boat from the capital of Malé.

“We named it ‘Ice Ice Maybe…’ to imply that it’s not a traditional cool-down ice skating rink,” Amit Majumder, general manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli, tells CNN Travel.

“It’s a synthetic rink that’s built on the beach, so you can go swimming in the tropical waters then go skating right after — or vice versa.”

The Maldives’ first ice rink

The idea for the ice rink first began percolating in December 2016, right around Christmas time.

“We had some regular guests who have been staying with us for many years now,” says Majumder.

“The family’s daughter sort of challenged us to build the rink. She said she wanted to have a skiing and adventure holiday, but her parents wanted to keep coming back to the Maldives.”

So Majumder set out to deliver the best of both worlds.

“The project was challenging in the Maldives — it’s not like Europe, where people already know about ice rinks,” says Majumder.

“It was a steep learning curve. We did a lot of research to learn about the equipment we’d need, how high the safety boundaries should be, the optimum size of the rink ….”

A zero-energy ice rink

A non-negotiable component of the project was finding an environmentally friendly solution.

“While researching, we actually visited a few real ice rinks,” says Majumder.

“This is where I met Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko (who performed at the rink’s opening ceremony). I went to see his rink in Russia, which is made of real ice. That’s where I learned how much energy a traditional rink really uses.”

To keep a conventional rink frozen, you have to refrigerate it, which requires constant electricity and water.

“We’re an island, so we have to be very careful about our impact,” says Majumder. “Every kilowatt hour of energy we use causes burning of diesel or fossil fuels, so a traditional rink was out of the question.”

Instead, the hotel enlisted Swiss company Glice to build an artificial, zero-energy rink.

“A regular guest, whose daughter ice skates, told us about the synthetic Glice ice rink,” recalls Majumder.

“We experimented in a small area first and, when we saw that it worked well, we expanded.”

Composed of 25-30 interlocking plastic ice sheets, the rink’s synthetic sheets — made of silicon and plastic — do not require chilly temperatures to produce that gliding sensation.

As such, the rink can withstand the fiery Maldivian temperatures, which hover around the mid-80s Fahrenheit most of the year.

“Some people assume it is going to be cold, since it’s an ‘ice’ rink, but that’s not the case,” says Majumder.

“The atmosphere is slightly cooler, because of the shade, but there’s no artificial cooling needed since it’s a synthetic rink.”

A cool perk

At first glance, the ice rink looks like any other Maldivian villa with its wooden stilts and thatched roof.

“We wanted to blend the rink into the architecture of the Maldives,” says Majumder.

“The only big difference is that we have added some glass panels on the roof to let some natural sunlight come through. It’s unlike any ice rink I’ve ever seen.”

A fast favorite among families, in particular, the rink is exclusively available to hotel guests.

“We try to keep the experience as private as possible for the residents on the island,” says Majumder.

“The only exception would be that we open the rink to locals from time to time, so our neighbors can experience the sport.”

For hotel guests, each two-hour skating session ($75 per person) includes skate rental, protective gear, souvenirs and an ice cream sundae afterward — to ensure you’ve properly cooled down before gliding back to the beach.

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in the UK Covered by the Bath Chronicle


For this year’s Christmas season the Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park surprises its visitors with an innovative Glice® synthetic ice rink! Stop by to see for yourself what the spectacle is all about! To learn more about how Glice® is shaping the winter sport future with its green technology, visit: https://www.glicerink.com

Read the full story here:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/whats-on/avon-valley-christmas-glice-rinks-779947

Tea parties with elves, real reindeers, an enchanted Village, a Yuletide Square and Snowy Forest, craft fun, tractor rides…oh and meeting Father Christmas.

And all of this festive fun is happening in one place. At Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, starting from Saturday, November 25 until Sunday, December 31, there is festive fun for all the family.

And this year, for the first time ever, they are introducing a Glice Rink. As the name suggests, this is similar to an ice rink but with synthetic ice.

This means you can enjoy all the benefits of ice skating but without a soggy and wet ice rink. The rink will be limited to 45 people so there will never be overcrowding.

Fancy throwing some shapes on the glice? Between 6.30pm – 9pm on selected evenings, there will be a Glice® Disco Party for older children and families.

If you are a bit wobbly on you skates, fear not. Non-skating guests are free and can enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine and grab a bite to eat in the food area.

Journey To The North Pole

Go on an adventure across land and sea with Evergreen the elf to visit the North Pole.

This 90-minute experience will take you on a magical journey to meet Father Christmas. In a group no larger than 5 children with accompanying adults, you will be transported to the North Pole to meet some special characters including Patch the elf, Mrs Claus and Father Christmas himself.

Each child will receive an age appropriate, personalised present from him.

A Tea Party With Father Christmas

The elves are hosting a tea party and everyone is invited!

Enjoy platters of sandwiches, cakes, squash and more before Father Christmas arrives to tell a magical story. Afterwards, there will be the opportunity for them to tell him why they should be on his nice list!

Each child will then have the opportunity to have a photo with Father Christmas, where they will also be presented with a certificate and balloon to show they have met the real Father Christmas.

What else is going on around the Park?

Everyone visiting the park will be free to explore the Enchanted Village, Yuletide Square and Snowy Forest and enjoy some elf craft fun.

Is your little one nuts about tractors? Enjoy a Festive tractor ride or a trip on the polar express miniature railway and meet real reindeers Donna and Blitzen.

There will be a snowman trail around the park & nativity scene, making your trip to Avon Valley a fun festive filled day to remember!

Where: Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS311TP

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in the Maldives Covered by The Telegraph


Tiny palm fringed islets, glistening white sand, and turquoise coral waters – the Maldives are an island paradise par excellence and probably the last place on earth where you would expect to ice skate. Yet, thanks to Glice® synthetic ice rinks there are no real world boundaries to one’s ice skating imagination anymore! To find out how Glice® is shaping the future of ice sports, visit: https://www.glicerink.com

Read the full story here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/maldives/articles/jumeirah-vittaveli-hotel-to-open-maldives-first-ice-skating-rink/

Winter is coming early to the Maldives this year with the opening of the country’s first ‘ice-skating rink’.

The attraction has been conceived by Jumeirah Vittaveli, a luxury island resort situated a 20-minute catamaran ride from the capital, Malé.

However, unlike most artificial ice rinks, which are created by freezing a layer of water over a base of concrete (a process that requires a lot of power), the Jumeirah’s rink will be made entirely out of synthetic materials.

Using artificial ice plates made out of plastic, developed by leading Swiss company Glice®, the rink will reportedly not require electricity or water to operate.

It is set to open at the beginning of December – a month when temperatures across the islands average around 27 degrees Celsius.

“The ice rink is a perfect expression of our goal to always wow guests,” says the hotel’s General Manager, Amit Majumder.

“We have many guests who keep coming back to us and I often hear that one of the reasons for their return is that they love to be surprised by our updates and developments each time they come.”

The hotel, which is part of the Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, comprises a collection of 43 thatched villas. Each faces onto the beach and comes with its own private garden and pool. The seven Ocean suites are even more secluded, with each one accessible only by boat.

A stay in the ultra-exclusive Royal Residence, meanwhile, at a vast 3,500 square metres (equivalent to two thirds of a football pitch), includes use of a private restaurant, gym, spa and team of staff. It costs US$35,000 (approx. £26,290) a night.

Facilities at the hotel include an Asian-inspired spa and a ‘house’ coral reef. An on-site water sports centre offers snorkelling equipment and diving trips, along with jet-skiing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing.

The addition of an ‘ice rink’ marks the start of a packed festive season at the hotel, which will be celebrating with gala dinners on the beach, a visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Day, and a New Year’s party on December 31 featuring DJ sets, fireworks and a live fire dance.

The rink is just the latest extravagant project conceived by the Maldives’ plethora of luxury resorts.

The region currently boasts several underwater restaurants – Hurawalhi claims to have the largest – and there’s a sub-aquatic spa at Huvafen Fushi resort.

Another Maldivian resort, the Conrad Rangali, recently announced the launch of the world’s first Instagram butler service

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International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) reports on World’s Biggest Synthetic Ice Rink by Glice®


With their futuristic technology Glice® synthetic ice rinks are the beginning of a new era in ice sports and recently caught the attention of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). In the latest issue of its sb Magazine IAKS reported on the world’s largest synthetic ice rink, installed by Glice® in Azerbaijan, and the company history behind the fascinating product.

Read on for the full story originally published here:

https://www.iaks.org/en/sb-magazine/42017/open-spaces-sport-and-exercise

THE NEXT ICE AGE IS GREEN

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ECOLOGICAL ICE RINK IN BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

Future ice is green, if it is up to the Swiss startup Glice. Merely 5 years ago the innovative company slid into the marketplace for ecological ice rinks as the latest arrival, yet already advanced to the rank of industry frontrunner. Recently the team set up the world’s biggest synthetic ice rink in Azerbaijan and President Aliyev himself inaugurated the giant 2.230 m² installation in the shape of an 8. Its futuristic design harmonizes with the winding forms of other structures and buildings at Baku Convention Park in the heart of the city.

The beginning of the startup’s success story, however, was met by a strong headwind when it turned out that synthetic ice had a bad reputation among athletes in Switzerland and traditional ice hockey nations like the US and Germany. The plastic ice that existed back then had a meager glide-effect and simply couldn’t replace real ice under the blades of professional athletes, even if the idea was utterly inventive: Contrary to conventional ice, the ecological variant devours neither electricity nor water so that the ice-skating fun is much more pleasant for the environment and operators’ wallets.  Hence, the company’s founders Toni Vera and Viktor Meier were certain that green ice was the signpost pointing towards the future of ice sports.

A former ice hockey pro himself, Vera knew exactly what matters on the ice and together with Meier and a team of engineers he developed a technology that would rewrite the physical laws for synthetic ice and revolutionize the industry: ecological ice from athletes for athletes. The professional realm was enthralled by the sophisticated molecular technology and especially Ex-NHL player Cliff Ronning, who installed the artificial ice in several elite centers in North America.

The conviction of professional athletes that Gice ice meets their standards also brought the leisure industry into play. Spaniard Vera was abundantly aware of the issues related to real ice in warmer climate zones. Yet, thanks to its zero-energy characteristics, the ecological counterpart functions completely climate-independent, all year around and worldwide, even in the desert and in the tropics. As a seasoned globetrotter Meier brought in the marketing expertise for Glice to export its miracle-ice even into countries that had never seen a pair of skates before – in malls, hotels and private households Glice-ice made its appearance and became a people magnet during the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. By now the company distributes its product into 70 countries on 5 continents.

Get to know the green and cost-effective Glice® technology here: https://www.glicerink.com/synthetic-ice-rink-technology/

Professional athletes trust Glice® synthetic ice rinks and confirm that they are the only product in the market that can level with the glide effect of conventional ice. Read their expert-testimonies here: https://www.glicerink.com/testimonials/

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Dubai Covered by One of the Persian Gulf Area’s Biggest Newspapers Khaleej Times


Dubai is a synonym for innovation and building towards the future. Therefore a Glice® synthetic ice rink fits right in at Dubai’s Next Generation School, where it will be part of the students’ curriculum. Read the full story below. To find out how Glice® is shaping the future of ice sports, visit https://www.glicerink.com

Here is the story, published in Khaleej Times, one of the largest newspapers in the Persian Gulf area: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/dubai-school-gets-first-synthetic-ice-rink-in-the-uae-artificial

A synthetic ice rink saves “enormous amounts of energy and water”

A few Dubai students got lucky, getting skating training from a former professional ice hockey player recently, on their school’s new synthetic ice rink.

The Next Generation School in Barsha 3 is the first school ever in the UAE to install an ice rink on campus.

Former professional ice hockey player Tassilo Schwartz, from Switzerland, was present at the inauguration of the rink on Wednesday. The product by a Swiss company called Glice and made out of complex molecular technology, the rink uses high quality polymers and other materials to create an artificial surface that looks like ice.

“I wanted to try skating on the synthetic ice rink and was very surprised by the quality. It’s a really good alternative to real ice. Here in Dubai, it works perfectly. When I compare it to really professional and well-maintained ice, I would say the puck handle is in equal measure,” Schwartz said.

“It’s great to be here and training the kids. When I see the smiles of the children who have stepped on the ice for the first time, it makes me happy.”

The project director at the school, Tahir Farooq, said that the ice rink will help students develop an interest in sports and also learn about protecting the environment. The rink does not require any water or energy consumption, as it is not real ice.

“This is an eco-friendly system and one of the things we really believe in is being on the cutting edge of technology and innovation,” Farooq said. “The Next Generation School is really next generation in every sense of the word. This technology where you don’t need water or energy to create a real ice skating experience is perfect. It’s a wonderful sport and it gives you stability, control and balance.”

The school, which runs from KG to Year 6, places a strong focus on sports, offering roller-skating, martial arts, tennis, swimming, gymnastics and ping pong. There are seven electives offered to students during school hours, where they can pick any of these sports based on their preference and talent, as well as non-sport electives such as arts and robotics.

“One of the things we look forward to is enhancing the experience for children. Sports is a great way to do this. When kids are happy, they are excited to be in school and this helps with their academics as well,” Farooq said.

The rink will be available to the parents as well, who can try it out in the after-school hours.

Eco-friendly skating surface

A synthetic ice rink saves “enormous amounts of energy and water”, according to the founder of Glice, Viktor Meier. Every square metre of real ice uses the same amount of energy an entire apartment would use, he said.

Their synthetic ice rink at The Next Generation School is measured at 200 square metres and if that were made of real ice, it would use up the equivalent of energy used to power 200 homes. “With this solution, we can provide ice skating to everyone without harming the environment,” he said. “The cost of installing a synthetic ice rink is 30 per cent less than installing a real one.

“The maintenance cost is 99 per cent less because you won’t have any energy or water bills. All you need is someone who can use a broom and mop properly and the job is done. You don’t really need professional technical staff. Also, if you fall hard on real ice, you can easily break your bones. Synthetic ice absorbs shocks, so you won’t get hurt.”

This is the first synthetic ice rink Glice has installed in the UAE, after having done so in over 70 other countries. They also cater to individual clients who want it for personal use. One client in Hawaii, he recalls, wanted a rink in his backyard so his figure-skater daughter could use one at her convenience.

Glice® synthetic ice leverages the superb glide effect of a complex molecular technology. Get to know the green future ice here: https://www.glicerink.com/synthetic-ice-rink-technology/

Professional athletes swear by Glice® synthetic ice rinks as they are the only product in the market that can level with conventional ice. Read their expert-testimonies here: http://www.glicerink.com/testimonials/

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