Qatar's first Aqua Park has opened it's doors for visitors this weekend, so we just had to go and see how it is, against all the warnings we got from people who attended a trial opening a couple of weeks ago (they actually said they felt like lab-rats as half of the facilities were not working properly).
The park was actually supposed to be open this April, then before Ramadan, then for the Eid, and then... well, it's just typical. It is still far from finished, there was still construction all over the place, but we went, we saw, we tried to enjoy ourselves and then again, we probably won't go again any soon. I think we just need to give it some more time, otherwise it has the potential to be a nice place for families. Doha is an obvious place for a waterpark, now they just need to ensure that all the facilities are ready and perfectly safe to use. This weekend I just didn't feel like it was.
Soffi on the way there:
It was a 40 minutes drive from our house, which is to overcome:
You can see how the surroundings are just still not finished:
We were not allowed to bring any drinks or food inside and 'of course' no cameras, so I just had to use my phone (just an explanation for the quality of the pictures and the narrowness of the picture topics:-) )... now we all know that you are not to take pictures of the Qatari ladies, but come on, there were hardly any Qatari women inside, I mean, they are not allowed to bath in public as they aren't allowed to show any skin, so why the rule: no cameras allowed?, whatever... We have seen though a Qatari lady in the water with her jeans and abaya on??? I don't think that was allowed anywhere else. On the contrary you can imagine all those Qatari men, who finally got to see some skin of western women alive! I think Vicky, our neighbour and I were the biggest excitement of the day for them, along we the 5 other western women! Even if we are used to walk around wearing bikinis in a pool area, they still could make us feel uncomfortable by staring at us.
It's just unbelievable how there were no arabic women bathing, they sell otherwise 'burkinis' (burka-bikini) for women here, we have seen a couple of them on the beach, imagine how comfortable it must be in the water:-).
There was a snall rock island in the wave pool??? How smart is that?
See the Qatari lady walking around with her maid... At the entrance the pricelist actually included a category for servants! Imagine: Adult, Servant, Children under 4 Y, Children over 4 Y, Groups and so on... I'm so sorry for not taking a picture of it, it's just incredible, but again... this is Qatar.
They say these big slides are not safe at all, but we haven't triedany of them and actually they were not open all of them...
There was one more pool with a pool bar (no alcohol of course) and a Lazy River pool, where the Qatari guys were staring at the women walking by while lieing in their floating rings the whole afternoon, we didn't go near that:-).
... and this picture is taken in the car on the way home... we actually had to drive off road as there was no proper road leading up to the main road... that's why all the 4 wheel drive cars:-)... incredible again, how can they open and announce for this Aqua Park when they only have the road ready in just one way? We kind of got used to these episodes after living here 6 months but it still does annoy us many-many-many times.
The plan was actually to have dinner out there, but after we have seen the choice of the menu, we decided to head it home instead and ordered some pizza with our neighbours and had a lovely evening with them, all in all a very nice afternoon with some typical, irritating, Qatari moments:-).