Things are not always what they seem to be, and yesterday I visited a new place in Al Ain that might confuse many people. Just outside the city there is a lake, or you might call it a collection of pools. Either way it is a body of water, seemingly, in the middle of the desert. If you happened to be riding a camel through the desert in the middle of August and came upon these pools you might not believe your eyes. But this, my dear camel riding friend, is no mirage. It is real water. I wouldn’t, however, drink it if I were you.
These pools are made of treated sewage from the nearby water treatment facility. None-the-less, it is a great place to visit, see some nature and enjoy the outdoors. There are shelters set up for picnics, access for 4-wheeling adventure and lots of birds. Apparently, people do fish here as well, though I didn’t see anyone yesterday. The lake has many names, Zakher Lake, Zakher Pools, Tilapia Lake, but despite the many names and the “keep away” signs, people still seemed to have no problem finding it. Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday.