Services Mar 07, 2022

7 Awesome Ways to Choose Right Swimming Pool Contractor in Abu Dhabi

Guide to Ensure Smooth Swimming Pool Construction and Designing

It is very simple to find swimming pool contractors in Abu Dhabi. But the main crux is to find the one with the potential of creating perfect pools. Building a pool is a bit of a lengthy and complex process. It requires hundreds of considerations from different perspectives. You need a contractor of caliber to give you a pool that is elegant as well as long-lasting. High-end architecture and engineering are expected to give you an ultra-modern pool.

A swimming pool in homes is more than just an oasis to splash and relax. It is a place in your backyard to spend quality time with your family and friends. It can be a lovely venue for your pool parties. But choosing the wrong pool contractor may turn your pool building plan into a disaster. To get an elegant and highly functional pool, you need to choose the right company for swimming pool construction in Abu Dhabi. And yet again it requires a little research and homework. But it is worth doing as you are going to invest a huge amount into your dream pool.

How To Find Best Swimming Pool Contractors For Building Exceptional Pools

Here is our checklist that will show you ways to select the best pool contractor. The more you are aware of these things, the better you can understand the pool companies and their offers.

  1. Prepare Basic Plan

Do some research and prepare a basic plan before you start looking for a pool builder. Check what type of pool is more suitable. Consider the area of your backyard, your requirements, and your budget. Choose a pool that is compatible with your lifestyle or how you are going to use your pool. In short, identify and prepare a note regarding the maximum outlay and your precise expectations and needs. When you consult your contractor, discuss your needs. Whether you want a pool purely for fitness or for relaxation or spa. Also, clarify if you want the pool to be suitable for kids before swimming pool construction.

  1. Decide Pool Type

We have listed the major types of the pool but you can explore more about the pool types using online resources. You may consult your friends who are already having residential pools.

Pool Types in Abu Dhabi-

  • Above ground pool
  • Inground pool – Inground pools can be a vinyl liner, concrete, and fiberglass
  • Hot Tubs and Spas
  • Lap Pools
  • Infinity Pools
  • Swim Spas

The pool types should be determined depending upon the purpose, budget, size, shape, and area. Also, you should discuss the maintenance cost of every type of pool.

  1. Do Research on the Pool Contractors

Once you get an idea of what type of pool you want, you can choose a contractor who specializes in creating it. Concrete pools are very popular but you can consult the companies for the other types as well. The more you converse with the pool designer, the more you will learn about his or her know-how and experience. Choose a company with high expertise in creating residential pools and spas in Abu Dhabi.

  1. Check Basic Requirements of the Company

First and first, make sure that the pool construction company is a valid and certified one. It should be holding necessary state licenses of the respective industry. Inquire about the insurance part and liability during and after the pool construction process. Inquire about their associations and registrations with local bodies related to the pool industry. Also, prefer to see the samples of the pool they have created in the past. They should have knowledge of local regulations with regard to swimming pools and spas.

  1. Check Recognition and Repute

As you approach a couple of swimming pool construction contractors in Abu Dhabi, check their experience. How recognized they are in the industry? You may check the online reviews but do not rely only on the reviews. Try if you can get references and recommendations from their previous customers. Get advice from your friends and neighbors if possible. Check the client portfolio of the pool builder and it will tell you a lot about the company. Solid reputation and experience in building pools in Abu Dhabi are important.

  1. Discuss the Turnaround Time

Pool building is a time-consuming process for any swimming pool contractor in Abu Dhabi.  A professional pool builder will commission and complete the project in the prescribed timeline. Agree on a reasonable timeline for the beginning and implementation of the project. It may take 4 to 6 weeks to build a pool. But again, it depends on the type and size of the pool you are creating. The more complex the design, the more time and budget it will need. Also, check the kind of support and maintenance services after the pool is done. Get agreed on the number and amount of partial payments before initiation, during the process.  Discuss if you want to fulfill a certain amount only after completion of the project.

  1. Pool Designing

Building a pool is much more than creating a structure of concrete or vinyl. The design is extremely important to create a pool that looks elegant. A beautiful pool surrounding, pool fences, illumination, and water features simply transform the way your pool looks. If you are looking for a pool that is also a pretty place for small gatherings, designing is extremely important. Hence make sure the pool contractor you have chosen is covering comprehensive services. Get a quotation for a turnkey project from initiation to designing & maintenance.

All these may look like very tedious and troublesome things. But proper planning is worth doing as your pool is huge as well as a long-term investment. The pool is going to be an important asset in your home augmenting the overall value of your property.


The above checklist is important. At the same time be careful about certain dangers. Do not risk giving out all the money in advance before the initiation of the project. Discuss the payment methods and amounts with swimming pool contractors in Abu Dhabi. It would be too risky and naive to do that. Work within your budget and agree on fulfilling complete payment at the end of the construction. Once your dream pool is ready, maintain it properly to ensure it goes a long way for you.

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Services Nov 26, 2021

How to Raise Mental Health Concerns

I’m going to be talking to you about how to express if indeed you should express to someone else that you think they’ve got a problem with their mental health. When I say ‘if indeed you should’ there are some things that we don’t flag up with other people and there are some things that we don’t raise the issue with them. For example, even if you are clinically qualified to do so you don’t tell your friend that you think that they’re autistic. We don’t go there, that’s something that somebody needs to find out as a result of deciding to go on a journey themselves. This is not your place to just kind of randomly throw into the conversation even if you think it’s for their benefit.

Here’s the very first thing that is super important before we even consider sitting down with someone and having a bit of a chat with them. Firstly, has something changed? I don’t mean do we know something in their life has changed. I mean in terms of these new behaviours, reactions and emotions that they’re displaying; these things that are troubling us about this person – is it different to how they used to be before? 

If it’s not, then actually we might not have a problem they might just be a bit quirky and a bit odd because those people do exist. If you notice that the person you’re concerned about has changed that there has been a notable change in how they are thinking, how they are behaving or how they are feeling then we’ve got grounds to proceed.

If it’s not those things maybe they’re not the one with the problem maybe it’s you, you know, maybe it’s your thinking that has changed about them but not necessarily them that’s changed and sometimes that happens in life. Sometimes we have a relationship with someone and the stuff that never used to bother us about them suddenly starts really annoying us and then it suddenly seems like they’re annoying us on purpose but they’re not they’ve always been that way but your tolerance levels have changed so if it’s that we don’t need to talk to them about it we need to work on our own problems, with our own tolerance levels and decide whether or not we still want this person in our life that’s a different thing but when the change has happened in the other person and it is having a significant impact on how they are thinking, behaving or feeling then we need to start thinking about sitting down with them, having a conversation and saying ‘I think there might be a problem here’ and having a look at it together.

From establishing that ‘yes, something has changed’ only then can we start thinking about how do we actually approach this interaction with them and have this further conversation with them. My first suggestion is that no matter whether this is an employee or a family member you start by keeping notes. You’re going to have to start keeping some evidence because if this is a relative that you’re concerned about and you maybe are going to end up being the person who accompanies them to the doctors at some stage and so to be able to have some history around when this has started and what’s been happening, what sorts of incidents you’ve noticed is going to serve you really well. 

You need to be keeping records of what’s going on with this person that you care about so that in an attempt to get them the right treatment you’ve got as much information as possible. One of the things that are really difficult with mental illness is describing your symptoms because you only see life from your own perspective and particularly when people get frightened about their mental health they’ll really downplay what their symptoms are or brush things off to one side or if they’re suffering from something up that higher end of the mental illness spectrum they might actually forget stuff that they’ve ever done.

Where possible I would suggest using the softening phrases when approaching another person: ‘I feel like that’s not the way you used to behave,’ ‘I feel like it’s not okay to treat people like that’ or ‘I feel like you’re not looking after yourself very well at the moment. In using such phrases, it’s like you’re taking responsibility for what you’re seeing and experiencing and not just being blaming and putting it all on them. I feel softening frame can work really well and generally just think about your language and the softening frames that you might be using.

The other thing that is really useful to do which the police do all the time where they interview a suspect. The police tell the suspect that the questioning is just to rule you out from our enquiries so that phrasing around this is to rule out anything else is something that I have learned to use a lot both with my mom and with the clients that I see where I suspect that the mental health issue or illness that they are experiencing is beyond the realms of my reach and I want them to get treatment but it’s not going to be with me. 

One of the frames that you can use here is to say I’d recommend going to the doctor just to rule out anything else and then I’ll often suggest something quite low level that’s not particularly terrifying or treatable but would also help to put the like to kind of get them into the system and to get whoever it is that they end up engaging with exploring other things. For example, if you have someone with anxiety then you could recommend that they go to see their GP just to rule out. If someone has a long-term sleep problem then you could say to them, you know, it’s probably worth talking it through with your GP or a counsellor just to rule out the fact that there’s something else playing on your mind, that’s interfering with your sleep patterns. If someone is showing some signs of some more mental health illnesses it’s worth going to your doctor to get a urine check because sometimes with certain urine infections it can cause your brain to start tripping out and working in a different way. 

I can suggest for you as the carer, as the employer or as the facilitator of getting the ball rolling on having this issue explored, for whoever it is in your life, that currently has a problem is that you are really brave about it because it can be a thankless task to undertake. It can also be incredibly stressful because you might see what is best for them but they may not see it for themselves. It might feel as if you’re kind of like going at it alone in some ways but when you do get them on the right track when they do get access to the help or the treatment that they need then you can give yourself a pat on the back and know that you did the best that you could.

Don’t underestimate the impact that things like stress, anxiety and depression can have on a person. Some things that might seem to be much more severe mental health issues actually just boil down to either stress, anxiety or depression or a combination of the three of them in some way and these can really change a person’s personality and they are recoverable so where you can support people in accessing the treatment that they need getting on the right path so that they can begin to live a healthier, happier life going forward with your assistance there by their side.

I hope that this was a useful and interesting one I know it’s the stuff that might not be relevant to you at this exact moment in your life but trust me if you ever interact with another human being at some point in the new or distant future you’re going to need this stuff because of everybody has a mental health issue at some point in their life and with the ageing population that we have, we’ve got more and more people that are going to be prone to mental illnesses and neurological issues later on in life so we need to know how to have these conversations knowing that they probably won’t be comfortable but facing up to them anyway.

By Gemma Bailey

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Services Nov 26, 2021

How to deal with Stress and Anxiety

Would you like to reduce the severity of distress and discomfort that comes with negative experiences by making some simple little shifts in language and how we communicate?

There are two things to mention here: 1) We shrink down what we are communicating because we want to communicate more quickly, swiftly and easily. We talk about using generalisations. We make assumptions that the other person that we are communicating to is going to have an idea about what we’re talking about. That is not always the case and that’s when it can lead to problems. An NLP Practitioner can help you to understand the different ways to ask questions that will uncover hidden generalisations. 

Imagine I asked my colleague to go to the shops and get a bag of sugar because we have guests coming this afternoon and they may want tea or coffee but my colleague is from a family of bakers and they bake beautiful cakes. There is always icing sugar knocking about in their house so instead of buying granulated sugar, she buys icing sugar because that’s what sugar means in her world. If comment that she has bought the wrong kind of sugar it’s my communication that is at fault. I did not express my instruction in a level of detail and specificity that would fit in with the way that she thinks. That’s on me as the communicator. It’s a challenging thing to take responsibility for because we don’t always know what other people are thinking and how other people think. Often we just assume that they think in the same way that we do; it turns out that they don’t.

When one person has one idea and the other person understands it in a completely different way there is a misunderstanding because of it. There are definitely times when detail more emphasis more information are particularly helpful to us. A Hertfordshire NLP therapist can help with communication in this instance. 

However, when someone is in a negative state or a state of anxiety, I propose to you that in those instances to minimise communication – not just the amount and degree of what we say but within the terminology too. The terms and statements that we use should be shrunk, dissolved and reduced to reduce the problems that we are experiencing.

For example, if you have a tendency to be a little bit dramatic when things are starting to go horribly wrong and you do that in the quiet of your own mind, if you have a tendency to go worst-case scenario or to just over amplify stuff and make things have more significance than they needed to be then this tactic is going to be really important for you.

The reason why it’s so important is that we need our brains to see the problems and anxieties that we experience as being simple and solvable so that it feels super motivated to find the solutions for us. If we represent problems to ourselves as being big scary complicated and overwhelming then quite frankly your brain just wants to go hide under the duvet. We want to think about it in as logical and small wording as we possibly can!

A few weeks back I had come home from work. I was really tired. it was late and I still needed to cook dinner and there was a lot of ‘I still need to do’ is happening in my head which was causing me a certain level of stress and anxiety but first I needed to do the washing up so I resentfully did the washing up and having done it I then turned around and had the experience of seeing a plate that I’d missed. 

By this point, I’d already emptied the bowl out of the water and so it was quite frustrating for me to see that there was something I’d forgotten and that whilst I had psychologically checked washing the dishes off of my list, actually, the job was not finished yet and what I caught myself saying to myself inside my head was “damn it, there’s a whole other plate that needs washing up and now. I’m going to have to fill up the entire bowl all over again”.

I caught myself in the flow of this internal dialogue and interrupted myself by saying “It’s just washing up a plate though isn’t it?” and then I made myself giggle because I realised that I was doing something that I always forewarn my clients against doing in my hypnotherapy clinic, particularly those with stress and anxiety which is to over amplify the severity of the issue at hand. I was really going for it and it made me chuckle because, you know, even when you know this stuff you can still get caught out by it. The most important thing, however, is that you catch it and when you do you correct it.

Over the coming weeks and months, I am challenging you to identify where you blow up and over amplify problematic things that are occurring and to reframe them by which I mean rephrase them to yourself. State them in more simplistic terms or at least more realistic ones and do the same with those around you too because very often when you start practising with these skills it’s easier to identify them in other people than it is to identify that you do it to yourself. So if they say ‘this is horrendous, it’s an absolute disaster’ then you say ‘you’re right, it’s pretty bad isn’t it’, so you’re not disagreeing but at the same time you are not going up at that high level that they’re going in with. You’re going to take it down.

You’re going to bring it down a notch and you can even start paying attention to your intonation. The tone of voice that you use as you say it because if they’re throwing around a ton of emphasis like this then you can just take a breath and restate what you want to say in a slightly slower more pause filled and more considerate way so that again you start to drain the drama away from what’s going on! There are times when we want to add in more detail so that we are super clear in what we’re saying and helping others to understand our communication as thoroughly as possible but when those times relate to high drama, high anxiety, high pressure were adding in even more is not going to be favourable in those instances.

We want to be shrinking minimising and reducing the level of that we add into what we are saying by using language which is reducing the impact of the severity of the thing that we’re talking about!

By Gemma Bailey

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Services Nov 26, 2021

Talking about Grandparents

The National Brain Appeal raises funds to advance treatment and research at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology – together known as ‘Queen Square.’ Our vision is to improve the outcome and quality of life for the one in six people in the UK affected by a neurological condition. Rare Dementia Support (RDS) offers specialist social, emotional and practical support services for individuals living with, or affected by, a rare dementia diagnosis.

The National Brain Appeal supports RDS’ vision for all individuals with, at risk of or supporting someone with one of these forms of dementia to have access to information, tailored support and guidance, and contact with others affected by similar conditions. Over 2,700 people are currently supported across the UK.

You can donate to the National Brain Appeal here:

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Services Nov 26, 2021

Taking Charge of Your Brain: Children and Young People

I’m talking here about how to take full responsibility for how you think in your brain. This is important to do because it will help you to become more in control of how you think. Remember your thoughts and feelings are connected to each other. 

This is the book mentioned in the video:

My hidden chimp:

Most of us know the right things to do and the wrong things we should avoid. But sometimes it’s as if our brain has a very different plan and *makes* you do the opposite to what you want. 

So we need to find the right way to control it and that comes from taking responsibility for it. 


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