Buying jewellery in Al Ain

My wife decided to surprise me with a diamond ring for my recent 50th birthday. She asked a work colleague for advice about where to buy such a thing, and her friend recommended she visit Mr Ashok Kumar at the Lifestyle jewellers in the Intercontinental Hotel…


Ashok is from Delhi in India and has been in Al Ain for 2 years. This is him with one of his most expensive items:  a Coronet Solitaire which retails for 51,200 AED (£9,000) which he is offering with a 70% discount at 15,300 AED (£2,700)…


I’m delighted with the ring my wife gave me. Go visit Ashok if you’re in the market for some jewellery, or try many of the other jewellers in the town where I’m sure you’ll find some great prices.

Weekend activities

Many families with children spend at least a few hours most weekends, or even after school in the afternoons, by the pool. Some villa compounds have a pool, but most people will use a pool at a local hotel or club.

The Hilton Hotel is excellent. See the separate post on it.

There are similar facilities at the Intercontinental Hotel and the Rotana Hotel. There is also a small pool at the rugby club at the Palm Resort. Many of our children’s friends from school go swimming at the weekend so our boys are kept highly entertaining while my wife and I relax by the laps pool. The continual presence of lifeguards helps create a sense of safety and security.