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3 UAE waterparks in world’s top 10



Last year three UAE waterparks made the world’s best list, and they’ve done it again this year. Actually, they’ve done it even better, as Aquaventure, Wild Wadi and Yas Waterworld have all moved up in the rankings, placing all three parks in the top ten.

In the World’s Best 25 Waterparks, as voted by Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards, Aquaventure has moved from the fifth spot up to number three, while Wild Wadi is jumped up one place from seven to six. Yas Waterworld has seen the biggest promotion, going from number 14 to number nine this year. 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.

Aquaventure Waterpark
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Tripadvisor rank: 3
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: 6
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.

Yas Waterworld
Where: Yas Island
Tripadvisor rank: 9
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…

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