In front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park has 30 rides and attractions themed around the tale of Juha, the Arabian folklore character. Nearly a million visitors come each year to play in the wave pool, ride the artificial surfing machines, soar down over 20 water slides, and splash in the 18-meter high waterfall that goes off every 10 minutes.
Apart from its views of the Burj Al Arab and out to the Persian Gulf, Wild Wadi Water Park is probably most famous for its Jumeirah Sceirah ride. Climb up the 32-meter high tower with a friend, cross your arms and legs, and the floor beneath will open to slide the two of you down tandem water slides at speeds of up to 80 km/h.
For a more relaxing trip to Wild Wadi Water Park, float around Juha’s Journey Lazy River in a tube, or book one of the six VIP cabanas by the lazy river. There are also gift stores, fast-food and barbecue restaurants, and food stands that serve regular snacks as well as smoothies and fresh fruit.
Wild Wadi Water Park is open from 10am to 6pm from November to February; from 10am to 7pm from March to May; and from 10am to 8pm from June to August. Admission is based on height. Day passes for those over 43 inches cost 275 AED, while kids under 43 inches can go for 215 AED. Children aged 2 and under go free. It’s okay to bring a 500-ml water bottle with you to the water park, and GoPros are welcome on all rides apart from the Jumeirah Sceirah.