This is one of the most popular theme parks for travelers in Dubai. Ideal for families but also for all ages, thanks to its variety of attractions. Slides, the longest zip line in the Middle East and even a private beach are just some of the things you can enjoy at Aquaventure Water Park.
Aquaventure Dubai is a water park located inside the Atlantis resort, The Palm, on the famous artificial island of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Opened in 2008, it is one of the largest water parks in the world, with over 17 hectares of water attractions.
The water park offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages and experience levels. One of the main attractions is the Neptune Tower, a 30-meter high tower with two extreme waterslides, one with a free fall and the other with a gentler descent.
Another popular attraction is the Atlantis Shark Safari, which allows visitors to dive with sharks in a giant aquarium. There are also attractions for the little ones, such as the Splasher’s Island children’s play area.
The water park also has several pools, including a giant wave pool and a slow river pool, where visitors can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Dubai city.
For thrill seekers, the park also offers an indoor surfing experience called Wave Rider. Visitors can surf on artificial waves created by state-of-the-art technology.
The cost depends on the activities you want to do, but the basic entrance fee is AED 299 (about USD 80).
Atlantis The Palm – Crescent Rd – Dubai
Another alternative water park is the Wild Wadi Park in Dubai.
It is an outdoor Arabian-themed water park that covers an area of 12 acres in the rural area called Jumairah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Wild Wadi is located about 20 minutes by cab from the city center and is owned by Jumeirah International.
The park is designed as an oasis (Arabian wadi), based on a story from Arabian folklore featuring Juha and his fellow sailor, Sinbad. The park features 30 interconnected rides and attractions for children and intrepid souls, including the 80km/h Jumeirah Sceirah speed slide (33m high) and the Breakers Bay wave pool (1.5m). At Wild Wadi, 30 million liters of water are dedicated to entertainment. The lazy river is the favorite water park for families.
Visitors receive rubber rings, life jackets and bodyboards when they enter the park and have access to all water rides. There are 90 lifeguards on duty and the resort also offers several restaurants, snack bars and stores.
Jumeirah Sceirah: The highest and fastest free-fall waterslide outside the United States. It rises to 33 m (110 ft) and riders can reach speeds of 80 km/h (50 mph). The waterfall goes off every 10 minutes.
Master Blaster: There are 8 of these and their slides are described as “rising water coasters” as passengers, who can sit on a single or double ring, are propelled upward by powerful water jets. The Master Blasters are: White Water Wadi, Jebel Lookout, Wadi Leap, Hos’N Hurler, Falaj Fury, Wadi Twister, Wadi Basher and Flood River Flyer.
Rides: There are 7 rides at the resort which are described as “gravity slides” as riders sit in a single or double ring and slide down the slide quickly. Ring Rides include: Tumble Falls, Falcon Fury, Rushing Rapids, Thunder Rapids and Tunnel of Doom.
Flowriders: 2 stationary wave machines called Wipeout and Riptide shoot over 7 tons of water per second to create a true wave effect, ideal for knee-boarding, body-boarding or surfing.
Breaker’s Bay: One of the largest wave pools in Asia. It features 1.5 m (4.9 ft) parallel and cross waves in 5 different ways.
Juha’s Journey: A long, quiet, lazy 360-meter river that allows visitors to float slowly.
Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon: An interactive playground with over 100 water games and rides, including water cannons and slides, designed especially for children.
Other attractions include Wadi Wash, Flood River Flyer, Summit Surge and Rushdown Ravine.
The park opens daily at 11 a.m., but its closing times vary throughout the year. From November to February, it closes at 6 p.m., while from March to October, it closes at 7 p.m. During the hot summer (June to August), the park closes at 9 pm.
The entrance fee is Dhs 250 (US$ 68) for adults and Dhs 125 (US$ 34) for children, and is personal. Visitors can rent a towel or locker for Dhs 20 (US$ 5.50). A bottle of water (500ml) costs about Dhs 7 (US$ 2). Guests staying at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel or the Burj Al Arab, have free entry to the Wild Wadi.
Jumeirah St – opp. Burj Al Arab – Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai