For the third year in a row, three UAE waterparks made the world’s best list. Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm, Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Yas Waterworld on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island have all made the top ten, however, they’ve all slipped down the ranks slightly.
In the World’s Best 25 Waterparks, as voted by Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards, Aquaventure has moved from the third spot up to number four, while Wild Wadi fell from six to eight. Yas Waterworld has also slipped down slightly, going from number nine to number ten. As it’s the height of summer, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pay each of them a visit yourself. There are worse ways to cool down.
Where: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Tripadvisor rank: 4
A sprawling beast of a place that comprises 17 hectares of rides, private beach, cabanas and retail and food outlets, this is one of the main attractions in the whole of Dubai, never mind Atlantis. The highlights are the Tower of Neptune, whose leap of faith plunges you through a shark pool, and the Tower of Poseidon, with its many spiralling chutes.
Wild Wadi Water Park
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Tripadvisor rank: 8
One of the originals, and some would say still the best of the water parks in the UAE, Wild Wadi offers over 30 rides and is based on the Arabic folklore tales of Juha. There are things such as the lazy river attraction “Juha’s Journey”, but for most it’s all about the adrenaline rides of Tantrum Alley, where you experience a number of “tornados”, and Burj Surj, where you sit in a tube and are catapulted down several chutes. There’s also Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders for surfers and body-boarders.
Where: Yas Island
Tripadvisor rank: 10
One of the centrepieces of Yas Island’s growing entertainment network, this is a huge attraction that looks, from a distance, like a mad scientist’s laboratory. It’s all coloured tubes and loops, spiralling around towers and pools, comprising of rides like Dawwama, in which rafts of six people are sent spiralling down a 20-metre high funnel. Hamlool’s Humps is a ride that will actually have you airborne. The Liwa Loop can be seen below…