Wild Wadi Waterpark
The Wild Wadi is a huge water park in Dubai which opened on 5th August 1999. This has proved to be one of the top attractions and activity centres in Dubai, which is extremely popular, particularly with families. The attractions are updated on a regular basis to ensure that the park remains popular and an attractive place to come to. The park is open 365 days of the year and found in front of the Burj al Arab hotel on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. The concept of the park is based around the tales of Juha who is an Arabian folklore character, who loved travel and adventure, and travelled to distant lands with Sinbad the Sailor.
There is enough here to entertain you all day, and the kids will always want to come back, even the very next day. For holiday makers who stay at any Jumeirah hotel this is ideal for the children as you have free unlimited access during your stay. For non Jumeirah guests, a charge is payable, which is based on your height being under or over 1.1meters meters tall, children under 2yrs old have free access. The fee payable covers all of your rides in the park.
To save you losing your money, or getting it wet, the park has an innovative option for you to use a cashless payment system which is activated by your waterproof wristband, this is ideal for your children to be able to buy what they want. The cashless payment system records your payments by electronic credits, and the balance is debited from your credit card.
The park is open for up to 10 hours a day in peak time, you are advised to have plenty of sun block due to the intense heat, and plenty of fluids, to rehydrate yourself (not sugary drinks, as they will have the opposite effect), particularly during the hottest parts of the day. You will catch the sun due to the reflection of the sun on the water.
You must make sure that non swimmers or inexperienced swimmers have life jackets whilst at the park. Some of the rides are very fast which could land you under the water at the end of the rides, particularly when going down the flumes and landing in the pools. The largest ride in the Wild Wadi Park is the Jumeirah Sceirah, which is the tallest free-fall waterslide outside of North America, propelling you up to 80km per hour on the 33 meter speed slide. The park is critically acclaimed with numerous awards since its opening.
The promise from the park owners is that you will have fun from the moment you arrive to the time that you leave, knowing that they can fulfil that promise with the amount of activities provided, whilst ensuring that your safety is totally guaranteed with quality staff and numerous experienced life guards.
There are 24 rides and slides where the type of rides vary from a basic flume run through to the “Waves of fun” where more than seven tonnes of water a second are shot in a thin sheet across a moulded foam structure, this produces a simulated wave effect that is ideal for knee-boarding and body-boarding.
This is as near to the real thing as you could get. To cater for everyone here at the park, things were thought through in great detail, the aim was to cater for swimming beginners, inexperienced riders and disabled customers that needed a minimum amount of supervision. The rides are identified at the park as to the level of swimming experience needed per ride.
One of the main rides that children are sure to want to take part on is the Juha Journey. This gentle 360 meter run ride takes you on a sedate ride around a river; the majority of people that have ridden on this run have rated this as a 5 star ride, which was enjoyed by all ages.
There are plenty of eating facilities to choose from at the park, with six restaurants and outlets that serve fast food from burgers to ice creams. There are five retail outlets that stock swimwear, water toys and towels for those people that have forgotten them, as well as stocking souvenirs
The water goes through a treatment process to ensure that it is both clean and safe to use on a recycled basis. As well as recycling water, the park also recycles as much general waste as possible, such as paper, rubber and plastic. This is to protect the environment by not wasting water.
This park is a perfect way for the whole family to have fun and keep cool at the same time. But like we said don’t let the cool water fool you, you still need to keep applying the waterproof sunscreen.