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  • Arabic language
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Zoo, a Birthday and a Tambourine! (Oh yeah... and beaches too!)

During the long weekend we decided to take a trip to the Abu Dhabi Kid's Park (Zoo) [I have not placed those brackets there... that is how it appears on the signs lol).

It is a good 25 minutes drive away from the island, and is a fairly small little park, but even so, I was pleasently surprised to find an array of wonderful creatures. It is right by Bahia - and to be honest, as you're driving to it, everywhere just looks so forsaken, dry and barren. And even as you approach the park there is a huuuuge wall that has not been finished, and so it does all look a little... war-zoneish!

I took loads and loads of photographs of all the animals -
and as my friend flicked through them all she said quite cynically 'why do all the animals look like they're trying to escape?' It just then dawned on me, that they really, really did look like they were trying to escape...

Let me show you!

Yesterday was baby-Zanga's birthday. She turned a WHOLE year old.
We had decided to gather our friends around to enjoy this little event. We met up at Fuddruckers and enjoyed a variety of foods. We had also ordered a cake from Mr. Baker - an AWESOME bakery that creates an array of excellent..... and very delicious cakes!

We had chosen the cutest little Hello Kitty cake - which was nom nom nom delicious!

Moist - and not too sweet.... and, the icing you see up there... it's like sweetened, coloured cream rather than that disgusting icing you find on cakes in Tescos and Asda!

Now some of you may be wondering why we would choose to go to Fuddruckers, and you would be correct in your wonderings, but I shall reveal to you why... of all the places in the UAE, we decided to go there...

The singing. The tambourines. The accents. The excellent staff. The warm family atmosphere. Oh... and did I mention singing and tambourines? Yes! They sing! The staff come over when it is somebody's birthday and sing this BRILLIANT rendition of Happy Birthday! Half of them don't know the words, and they have the lyrics on a piece of paper... and mumble sometimes, but it doesn't matter! They're chirpy, have great accents, and are just in a word... BRILLIANT. It was worth it all - just to hear them singing 'hey, it's your birthday... happy, happy, happy birthday!' Oh - and they bang on tambourines too!

Also - I have taken a couple of trips up to Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai. The beach is so clean, the sea is turquoise and impeccably clean.

Y'see on Mondays they have a 'Ladies Only' day! Yes! I mean, really... and truly a women only day! Not like in England where they say 'Women only swimming session' and there are male lifeguards...
I mean, a real ladies ONLY day - the lifeguards are women, the workers at the cafe are women, the gardeners are women, the person who gives you a ticket is a woman! And - it is only for 5 dirhams for the whole day!

There is a male guard at the front gates shooing away any and all men... but that's fine!

Any ladies planning on popping to Dubai on a Monday - I recommend going to lounge about at the beach.

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