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3 UAE waterparks makes world’s best list



TripAdvisor might have many detractors – are the votes real, are they impartial, do rivals post deliberately negative comments – but one thing that can’t be denied is volume. With tens of thousands of votes and opinions cast every day, it would be pretty hard to orchestrate a rating one way or the other.

That’s why the latest rank of water parks makes very good reading for the UAE. In the World’s Best 25, three parks in the country not only make the list but come in the top 14.

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.

1. Aquaventure Waterpark
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Tripadvisor rank: 5
Reviews: Of 4,534 total reviews, 86% were “excellent” or “very good”
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.

2. Wild Wadi Water Park
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Tripadvisor rank: 7
Reviews: Of 4,155 reviews, 87% were “excellent” or “very good”
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.

3. Yas Waterworld
Where: Yas Island
Tripadvisor rank: 14
Reviews: Of 1,637 reviews, 84% were “excellent” or “very good”
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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