Another DSO drama !!!!! a pebble in the pool !!!!!
Don't get me wrong readers I love Dubai and have huge respect for the ALL the people that work here. But since moving to DSO from the Ranches I have encounter some very extreme "rules" and "regulations", these being no drinks/food at the pool? no parking on our drive plus other petty issues. Having lived previously on the Ranches for some time I took these points up with the "Establishment" expecting an apology and explanation that the staff were working from an out of date text book and should be more aware of the resident needs - i.e the neccesaity to drink in 30 degrees and the fact that when you stop driving you need to park your car in a stationary position. But no, the answer was the "rules in place were those enforced by Municipality". I tried to reason with those in charge explaining that in all other communities throughout Dubai these extreme measures are not imposed but as often the case in Dubai it feel on deaf ears. To add to the already ridiculous rules, yesterday the 2nd day of the Easter Holidays the fantastic DSO used its "wisdom expertise and experience" to deem the swimming pool unsafe due to a suspecticous small brown pebble in the pool!!!! CACA they all cried !! 6 men with clipmboards taking photos explaining the pool must be shut for at least a week whilst they drain and test it. To add to the frustarion straight away I'm held responsible as I dared to take my 2 year old in the pool \9 in a swimming nappy). Apparently she isn't allowed in the pool just the my older 2. The clip boards recommended that I let the life guard take my baby to the childrens pool whilst my older ones swim in the main pool........ hmm I question the health and safety of this. Has it really come to our kids being taken to the park by maids and the pool by lifeguards - is a parent now not able to take her kids to the pool swim drink some water placing any rubbish in a bin (again that would be helpful at the swimming pool) and drive home parking their car on THEIR drive. As a mother a swimmer and a fairly normal human being I accept that in a swimming pool there are germs, feet, armpits, heads all the parts of a body in between get wet in the pool- that is why chlorine is used. The pebble/caca was gazed at and after some scratching of heads it was deliberated that ecoli had set in and the pool was unsafe. How I asked? they didn't even check what it was. Would Atlantis Hotel shut for a week on this basis? I think not. DSO - please start to use your common sense and discretion - clear the pool for 30 minutes take the offending pebble out, maybe increase the chlorine level if need be! P.S whilst you drain the pool maybe you should use this time to repair the 100 plus tiles missing from the bottom of the pool-which I think impose a much larger risk to swimmers than a plastic drinks bottle or a 2 year old swimming - just imagine if someone was to cut their foot on the broken tiles......a spot of blood .....it would be shut for a month !!