x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

A leap of faith in the dark

Atlantis's Aquaventure for the rest of the summer will be open at a reduced rate every Thursday evening from 8pm until midnight.

A Leap of Faith in the dark The bravest among us have taken the Leap of Faith at Atlantis's Aquaventure, that 27.5-metre vertical drop down a clear tunnel that plunges you through the shark lagoon (that's a free fall of nine storeys in a few seconds). But we got the chance to do it for our first time with a bang: just before midnight, with fireworks going off in the skies above the beach, just the distraction you need while you start questioning your sanity in the queue. Normally Aquaventure closes at sunset, but for the rest of the summer it's open at a reduced rate every Thursday evening from 8pm until midnight, including special entertainment such as the fireworks. Dh175 for adults; Dh100 for children. For more information 04 426 2200 or www.atlantisthepalm.com

WHAT I TRIED: Billing itself as the "region's first professional online retailer", www.aido.com is offering more than 3,000 movies and TV box sets delivered anywhere in the UAE for free within 48 hours. It boasts a diverse selection, including Bollywood and Arabic films, and plans soon to add music, books and games.

WHAT I HOPED FOR: I buy all my movies online, but I was hoping to find some television box sets that are hard to come by in the UAE. I was also hoping for quick and easy delivery, not always forthcoming in Abu Dhabi, in time for a weekend of eye-glazing enjoyment. WHAT I EXPERIENCED: The website is a cinch to use, dividing movies up by genre and featuring picks of the week along with new releases. The only hitch was that it asked for a postcode, and it wouldn't accept "000000". I called the help line and got a helpful human being in Jebel Ali, who advised me to use my PO Box number. Bingo. Prices are in US dollars, billed to your credit card, but I was told they will be in dirhams soon. I ordered one afternoon, and the helpful human being called me up the next day around midday to say the order had been delivered by Aramex to the office at 8.30am. (They didn't know I was ordering as a test drive.)

THE FINAL VERDICT: I had two box sets - Entourage and 30 Rock - in my hands 24 hours after ordering, with absolutely no delivery hassle. Astonishing.