Park life in Dubai
Every now and then I’m overcome with a desperate need to force my materialistic, mall-rat children to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air, inhaling the scent of freshly cut grass while scooting about on cheap plastic toys.
Today was one of those days, so off we trotted to Safa Park.
And, if Dubai does one thing well, it’s public parks. Safa Park has a boating lake; numerous children’s playgrounds; a display of orange and yellow flowers that would definitely win bronze at Chelsea Flower Show; plentiful, clean public toilets; an outlet of Malik Burger that I’ve never seen open in 13 years; a mini Ferris wheel; and even some rides (that I’ve also never seen open) – a merry-go-round and bumper cars to be precise.
My favourite, though, is the “Jumping Tram Poling” (aka trampolining), where the list of rules is so long it took me two frames to capture them in all their glory (see below). At the bottom, under rules such as “Do not jump with tongue between the teeth” it says, “Legal action will be taken for not complying with the above instructions.”
Read the rules, and then remember that, along with bouncing a cheque, drinking in alcohol without a licence and murdering someone, you could also be jailed for “turning a somersault without your legs rather stretched on the carpet.”
Don’t say you haven’t been warned.