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One of the famous shopping centres in Dubai, of which there quite a number, is the one called Wafi Centre. It’s got a distinctive pyramid as the centre-piece and thus, has the old Egypt as an underlying theme.

Along with the Raffles hotel, the shopping centre and an underground souk, Wafi is also home to Pharoah’s club, a health club with gym and a large pool. We have membership there, and since its a short journey from home, a good place to while away a hot summer evening.

So, today was basically a lot of gym. Linda and I spent a good part of the morning at the gym, doing some cardio. The training program is coming along well, and the 2 hours seemed to pass by in a breeze.Linda is really getting into it, and I hope she keeps it up. We both have pretty bad genes and need to maintain our health as we get older…

We went back in the evening, with the twins in tow this time. Alan was around and we had agreed to meet up with the Kee’s at the pool. The Wafi pool is really nice, heated/cooled according to the ambient temperature, with a nice island sort of setting in the middle to sit around.

A large pool, with slides and a lazy pool for the kids. The adult section is on the other side, which we have never been to!

A large pool, with slides and a lazy pool for the kids. The adult section is on the other side, which we have never been to!

The kids had fun in the pool with Alan and me, while Linda and Cindy gossiped by the pool side. We went around the lazy pool countless times, and the kids are brave enough to jump on the slides on their own. What’s also encouraging is that they are now able to kick the water and make their way around, albeit in a limited way. Hopefully they would be able to swim soon, or after some lessons. According to Alan, after just one summer of lessons, Charmaine is swimming like a fish! The twins enjoyed having her and Mischa around, previously it was just me to keep them company.Wish I had the photos, but will have to wait till I get a water proof camera.

the little pixies out of water. after close to an hour in the pool, they were cold and wanted to eat!

the little pixies out of water. after close to an hour in the pool, they were cold and wanted to eat!


Cleaning up after the swim, the kids were hungry and they had rushed quickly to the changing room!

Cleaning up after the swim, the kids were hungry and they had rushed quickly to the changing room!

There were lots of show pieces around the club, all on the same Egyptian theme, large statues on the outside and bronze ones inside. Good photo opportunity for the kids! Wish I had a better camera though, the shot below do not do justice to the larger than life statues.

Marc Anthony I believe

Marc Anthony I believe


Posing with the king

Posing with the king

We moved outside where the statutes are made of stone and are so much larger!

Irsyad thought that it would be cool to pose with the dogs. Or are they supposed to be cats? Charmaine has the cute little Peace pose!

Irsyad thought that it would be cool to pose with the dogs. Or are they supposed to be cats? Charmaine has that cute little Peace pose!

Squint and you will be able to see, Mischa, Dina, Charmaine and Irsyad, on the feet of the Pharoah.

Squint and you will be able to see, Mischa, Dina, Charmaine and Irsyad, on the feet of the Pharoah.

What will be cool is to show the same photos to the kids when they are older and see if they remember how much fun they had with their old parents! I guess there will come a time when the kids would much rather spend time with their friends than with us. When it does come, I hope they remember this!
Old time

We went over to Wafi proper for dinner, at the Italian joint Biella.

The kids at one side with the ladies, and the guys on another. Thats the asian way of raising kids! Hey, Alan and I spent the last hour in the pool with the kids, time to let the mums have some quality time.

The kids at one side with the ladies, and the guys on another. Thats the asian way of raising kids! Hey, Alan and I spent the last hour in the pool with the kids, time to let the mums have some quality time.

By this time, Alan is like :aiya, not the camera again?!:

By this time, Alan is like :aiya, not the camera again?!:

Author: madnoor

An expat family in Dubai.

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