Concerned that the Arabian heat may spoil your UAE vacation mood? Wondering how to keep yourself and kids cool during a Middle Eastern holiday? Well, there aren’t many places on earth where you would find miracles happening.
Though the UAE is a desert country, it is the only place in the world to defy the impossible and make an oasis of fascinating water parks in desert landscapes. If you ever have the thought that there aren’t many things to do in UAE that would keep kids and youngsters entertained, you are in for a surprise.
Among its many places to visit in UAE, the country is also renowned for its exhilarating collection of water parks. In fact, it is home to the world’s best three water parks – Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark and Wild Wadi Water Park and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld. Apart from these, there are other water parks which offer a twist of splashing adventure to your UAE holiday.
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Here are few waterparks you should check out on a family holiday to UAE.
1. Aquaventure Water Park, Dubai
Inarguably the most recognized and the finest waterpark in UAE, Aquaventure Water Park is cocooned within the ‘Atlantis the Palm’- a magnificent resort located on the Palms Dubai. Packed with monstrous rides, and record-breaking water slides, this outstanding waterpark offers a world of adrenaline rushing water experiences. Conquer your fear on ‘The Leap of Faith’ and Poseidon’s Revenge – the most adrenaline-fuelled rides in this water park.
This colossal waterpark also offers marine recreational activities, pleasant beaches, lazy rivers and splash areas for little visitors to enjoy their day. You can even swim with Dolphins, feed rays and glide past giant sharks at this water park.
One Day Aquaventure Waterpark Ticket Cost (approx):
Above 1.2 meters – AED 289
Below 1.2 meters – AED 235
Children (0-2 yrs) – Free of charge
2. Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi
A recent addition to Abu Dhabi’s innovative recreational projects, Yas Waterworld is located at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. With more than 40 rides, water slides and splash areas, Yas Waterworld lets its visitors irrespective of age enjoy a fun-filled splashy day. Adventure seekers can look forward to a heart-thumping experience on Bubble’s Barrel – a three-meter-high wave simulator with world’s largest surf sheet wave for surf-boarding.
Enjoy the unexpected shock and thrill of the floor vanishing beneath your feet to plummet you down a vertical closed tube during the Liwa Loop ride. Other thrilling rides to experience are Jebel Drop, Hamlool’s Humps, Cinesplash, and The Bandit Bomber.
Single Day Ticket Cost (approx):
Adult – AED 250 per person
Child – AED 210 per child
3. Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai
Wild Wadi Water Park facts reveal that the water park is based on the fable of Arabian character Juha, and is perhaps the first water park constructed in Dubai. Located in Jumeirah, facing the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, Wild Wadi Water Park offers numerous water rides and slides for all age groups. This water park has heated pools, artificial surfing areas and pulsating rides for thrill-seekers.
The surfing simulators – Wipeout and Riptide exist only in four places in the world, one of which is in Dubai. Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is a huge play area for children comprising of over 100 activities. If you need a break from all the adrenaline-fuelled rides, then float on the 360-meter long brook that meanders through this water park.
General Admission Cost (approx):
for individuals up to 1.1 meters height or above – AED 336 per person
for individuals below 1.1 meters height – AED 284 per person
4. Legoland Waterpark, Dubai
The first-ever Legoland theme park in UAE launched in Dubai this year. The Legoland brand opened two theme parks one of which is the Legoland Waterpark. The theme park is a hit with the kids and offers 20 waterslides and attractions. The waterpark also has a unique and innovative way to keep kids occupied with activities such as ‘Build-a-boat’ and ‘Built-a-raft-river’ activities.
This waterpark does not have any high speed, heart-thumping rides. The most pulsating ride here is the ‘Splash Out’ which lets you zoom down a 60 feet drop water slide. The theme park is more suitable for families with kids and toddlers who would like to spend a day together and have splashing fun.
One Day Admission Cost (approx) – AED 245 per person
5. Wadi Adventure – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
Wadi Adventure is not a typical water park; it is more of an adventure zone. Located in Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain at Abu Dhabi, Wadi Adventure is Middle East’s first-ever man-made whitewater channel and is home to The world’s largest surf pool. This adventure park lets its visitors try their skills in rafting, kayaking, wakeboarding, and surfing. But that does not mean that serves only hardcore adventure seekers.
The adventure park is quite popular among families who would like to spend a day relaxing and splashing in the water. There is a family swimming pool, open beach and Kids Splash area for families with kids to have a merry time. Adults and teens can opt for an adventurous experience with wakeboarding, rafting and at the AirPark which offers an aerial obstacle course, zip line, wall climbing and giant swing. You can also take surfing lessons and try your hand at surfing at Wadi adventure. The prices vary according to the activities you select in Wadi Adventure.
One Day General Admission cost (approx):
Adult (above 1.2 meter) – AED 65 per person
Child (below 1.2 meter) – AED 45 per child
Infants (under 2 years of age) – Free of cost
6. Dreamland Aqua Park, Umm Al Quwain
The least populated emirate of UAE – Umm Al Quwain is home to the largest water park in UAE – Dreamland Aqua Park. With over 200000 meters of sprawling arena teeming with fascinating garden landscapes and over 20 water attractions and thrilling slides, the water park offers an amazing water adventure experience for family holidaymakers. Being just 40 minutes away from Dubai, Umm Al Quwain is an ideal spot to take a break from urban wonders and enjoy a serene and joyful excursion with a hint of water adventure.
One Day General Admission cost (approx):
Adult – AED 160 per person
Child (under 1.2 m height) – AED 100 per child
Child (under 2 years of age) – Free of Cost
7. Laguna Waterpark – La Mer, Dubai
A recent addition to the assortment of classy Dubai water park – Laguna Waterpark is located at one of the classy beachfront destinations of Dubai – La Mer. The water park has four different zones – Surf, Relax, Splash, and Slide, each of which offers a plethora of activities to enjoy a splashing day.
The water park has an infinity pool to relax and lounge, a lazy river to float, Aqua Play area for youngsters, Splash pad for toddlers, a one of a kind surf pool – WaveOz 180 and four thrilling water slides. Visitors also get unlimited entry to the North beach with their day pass entry to the water park.
Full Day Pass Cost (approx):
AED 125 per person
8. Al Montazah Water Park, Sharjah
A unique recreational arena that fuses different kinds of adventure activities, Al Montazah offers its visitors a water park along with electronic gaming areas and go-karting adventures. Located on Flag Island in Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah, the water park consists of lazy rivers, thrilling water slides, tube rides and splash pools for kids. Once you are done with the water adventure, enjoy some family time with bumper cars and go-karting. The park is particularly reserved for ladies and kids from 3 pm till midnight every Tuesday.
One day water park admission cost (approx):
AED 120 per adult and AED 25 per child.
UAE waterparks are a great way to take a respite from the scorching desert heat and relax in cool waters. Combined with amazing dining and shopping facilities, a trip to the water park turns out to be an exciting UAE tourist attraction to indulge in for a day on your UAE vacation.
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