Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cost: AED 225 per adult and child over 1.1 metre tall, and AED 175 per child under 1.1 metres.
Situated on the marvelous waterfront of Dubai, one of the world’s “hottest” cities on the international scene, and right next to the famous Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park is set to impress.
As one of Dubai’s top 10 attractions, one can easily spend the day in the park’s high-tech installations. And by high-tech, we mean uphill water roller coasters. Yes, you read that right.
Colourful slides and palm trees contrast sharply with the Burj Al Arab Hotel in the background. http://www.dubai-info.org/en/holiday-accommodation/tourism/experience/amusement-parks-and-water-rides/wild-wadi-waterpark/wild-wadi-water-park-large
Main reasons to go:
The Master Blasters. With the world’s largest collection—9 of its 16 slides being equipped with upward propellers—Wild Wadi distinguishes itself from the majority of other water parks. This relatively new technology is bound to give its riders new and intense sensations they will never forget.
There are many other attractions worth mentioning, such as the 2 artificial surfing machines, captivating bowl and vortex slides, as well as the legendary Jumeirah Sceirah (see News below).
A few visitors enjoying the pool next to the water park’s iconic triangular building. http://robert-cote.blogspot.ca/2011/05/day-at-wild-wadi-water-park.html
The Wild Wadi is actually quite small in area compared to the average North American water park. On the hotter days, avoid this park, as it can get quite crowded!
Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is the spot for families with younger children. It includes over “100 water activities including 5 slides, a pair of racing slides, and water guns,” designed for the little ones, reads the water park’s website.
Family descending the Burj Surj slide. http://desertsafari.godubai.com/TourProfile.asp?Tid=45
The latter was replaced by a new version in 2012, with tandem slides that are (still) the tallest and fastest free-fall slides outside of North America. Rising over 33 metres high, riders can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h!
No longer part of Dubai’s landscape, the first photograph shows the old Jumeirah Sceirah, which was demolished to make space for two new rides. On the right is the new Jumeirah Sceirah, where two persons slide at the same time. http://www.wildwadidubai.com/