A sim­ple game of pool be­fore all the wa­ter­parks

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It’s fi­nally here. Af­ter one of the most un­set­tled win­ters in re­cent mem­ory, the early sum­mer heat has hit.

It’s enough to make us copy these three men, en­joy­ing a game of pool in­doors from the heat, at Al Nasr Leisure­land in Dubai in 1979.

Leisure­land opened that year in Oud Metha and was the top en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre in the country. It had amuse­ments such as bowl­ing al­leys and even a wave pool. But its prized as­set was an in­ter­na­tional-size ice rink, which at­tracted visi­tors from across the Ara­bian Gulf.

The en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings in Dubai have de­vel­oped some­what since Al Nasr Leisure­land opened. Dubai Parks and Re­sorts has Le­goland Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Mo­tion­gate (as well as Le­goland Water Park), while Six Flags Dubai is sched­uled to open in 2019.

Al Nasr Leisure­land, how­ever, is still open for fun and re­mains an en­dur­ing sym­bol of sim­pler times.

John Den­nehy

Time Frame is a se­ries that opens a win­dow into the na­tion’s past. Read­ers are in­vited to make con­tri­bu­tions to yourpics@ then­ational.ae

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