Today was spent at Dreamland Water Park in the Emirate of Umm al Quwain - a drive of just one hour on the nose.
Now while this may not be the newest and swankiest water park in the region, for us it's most definitely our favourite. Perhaps when the girls are older Atlantis' AquaAdventure or Wild Wadi will hog the top spot with their more thrilling adrenaline pumped rides. For now we're quite happy with the Lazy River, Hippos Island, the massive kids' pool with its over-flowing giant bucket and merry-go-round and the bumper boats. At only AED 135 dirhams to get in, it's a steal (as opposed to AED 215 in Wild Wadi and AED 210 for Atlantis - although check out the residents rates. At Atlantis, UAE residents get in for a bargain AED140).
The cost of the food inside the park is not a rip-off (as opposed to its more modern rivals) - although the money we saved was more than splashed out on alcohol at the next door Barracuda offie. This was our first time at this infamous liquor stall - an Aladine's cave of booze. We were like kids in a sweety shop. It's the Toy's R Us equivalent for adults looking to stock up their drinks' cabinet. It's Majestic wine on a massive scale. Plus, it's legal (you don't even need a license to buy the stuff as you do in Dubai) and there's none of this 30% tax lark that we have to 'suffer' here in Dubai. The main problem for Dubai-ites heading 'home' is that they need to drive through Sharjah, in which alcohol is completely forbidden. So our crates of beer, four bottles of wine, champagne and sherry (for cooking may I add) was placed strategically all over the car - just in case.
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).