Dubai is hot. It’s very hot, and very dry. In summer the temperatures can reach a scorching 45 °C (113 °F) for days on end. So it’s no wonder the city has spent billions investing in bringing cooling water oases to the people in the form of water parks, the one more dazzling than the other.
Which one should you visit? We take a look at five highlights at Dubai’s most popular water parks to help you decide.
Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park is the latest addition to the water park scene in Dubai, opening its doors in December 2016 as part of the massive Dubai Parks and Resorts entertainment ‘village’. Daily visitor fees are around AED 240 per adult.
- It’s the only park in the region designed specifically for families with children aged 2 – 12
- There are over 20 water slides, the most popular the LEGO® Wave Pool and Joaker Soaker attraction
- Kids get to build a raft out of LEGO
- Great wave pool for everyone to enjoy gentler fun
- As part of the bigger Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks destination, expect dozens of restaurants, kiosk and shops, and easy access to the other theme parks such as Bollywood, Motiongate, Riverland and Lapita Resort.
Aquaventure Water Park
Aquaventure Water is on the artificial island known as The Palm. It is set within the otherworldly Atlantis, The Palm resort. Daily visitor entry fee is around AED260 per adult.
- Features the monstrous Aquaconda, the world’s largest water slide
- The Atlantean Flyer Zip Line is the longest zip line in the Middle East
- It is the only water park in Dubai that has its own 700-metre beach
- Loads of restaurants, bars, entertainment, a huge aquarium, beach cabanas and everything else you’d expect from a world-class resort
- Free entry on your birthday
Wild Wadi Water Park
There’s a certain nostalgia about visiting Wild Wadi. It was Dubai’s very first water park, opening in 1999 and still going strong. Daily visitor entry fee is around AED275 per adult.
- Features the unique Wipeout Flowrider (there are only a few around the world), where you can try out a stand-up or lie-down surfing experience
- Man-made beach and swimming area
- Covers 12 acres, making it Dubai’s smallest water park
- The Master Blaster is a hugely popular ride that gives a roller coaster-like ride through water – up and down and around you go
- The Sceirah Jumeriah is said to be the largest and longest slide in the Middle East
So whether you prefer a small-child-friendly water park like Legoland, a park that only focuses on water fun, like Wild Wadi, or one that comes with all the thrills of a 5-star resort, these water parks all promise a fun, cooling day out for the whole family.