There’s no shortage of attractions and activities in the UAE catering to all ages. Malls, theme parks, concerts, you name it. But for those looking to find respite from the desert heat by having some serious splash, water parks across the country promise a tons of fun for the whole family.
Featuring a variety of exciting water slides, rides and attractions, here are the best 9 water parks in Dubai and the UAE.
Aquaventure Water Park, Dubai
Aquaventure Water Park is one of the largest water parks in Dubai and the region with an area of 42 acres. The water park offers amazing water activities such as an underwater lagoon full of sharks, the longest water slide in the world – the Aquaconda – and The Torrent, an elongated pool capable of generating waves up to a meter in height. Aquaventure Atlantis Water Park also has a colossal fish tank, providing an amazing interaction experience with dolphins and sea lions.
Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai
With nearly 30 different rides, Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeirah is one of the most popular Dubai amusement parks. The Wild Wadi water park is inspired by the Arabic folklore of Juha, the middle east’s heroic everyman, which sets the premise for numerous fun rides for all ages. From the lazy river ride of Juha’s Journey to the high waves and sliding slopes of the Flood RIver, families can enjoy the ultimate in water activities in this incredible water park.
Laguna Water Park, Dubai
With a reopening slated for February 25th, families will soon be able to once again enjoy Laguna Water Park’s crystal-clear waters and beachy atmosphere of La Mer. Laguna Water Park is perhaps the most unique water park in Dubai as it is classified into four distinct areas with each specializing in a particular surfing, swimming, sliding and relaxing. The most popular water rides include the Wave Oz 180, the Free fall and the Mad Racer. Come nightfall, you can simply stroll along the beach and enjoy the serenity.
LEGOLAND Water Park, Dubai
LEGOLAND Water Park is located in Dubai Parks and Resorts and is an ideal venue for all family members, especially children between the ages of 2 and 12 years. The water rides, games and attractions are geared toward kids with some allowing them to race among themselves or ride in groups. Kids are also given the opportunity to have fun while being at the same time getting creative through the ‘Build Your Boat’ activity. This stimulating activity encourages kids to build small vessels and boats based on their imagination and then putting them in the water to see if they would float.
AquaFun Water Park, Dubai
AquaFun is the world’s largest inflatable water park perfect for epic and fun moments under the sun. The water park’s challenging yet fun obstacle course will ignite your sense of adventure as you race alongside your family and friends toward the finish line 25 meters out at the Gulf Sea!
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld is located on Yas Island, close to yet another world-class theme park Ferrari World. The water park is one of the country’s largest with 43 rides, slides, games and other entertainment facilities. While it’s somewhat difficult to pick rides that stand out from the rest our choice would have to be the largest cyclone water slide in the world along with the artificial surfing attraction that lets you ride the highest artificial wave in the world.
Wadi Adventure Park, Abu Dhabi
Nestled on the slopes of Jebel Hafeet in the city of Al Ain, Wadi Adventure Park is considered one of the most reputable water parks in the UAE. The water park’s reputation as the first man-made facility in the region catering to adventurers looking to immerse themselves in whitewater rapids, surfing, kayaking and wakeboarding is well-founded. Visitors flock at the aqua park to participate in rowing and rafting in the longest network of canals spanning 1.7 kilometers. The park also provides laid-back fun by way if its family pool and swimming lessons by experienced coaches.
Dreamland Aqua Park, Umm Al Quwain
The Dreamland Aqua Park is highly popular throughout the months of the year due to its plethora of water activities and various rides. These attractions include the Twister, an infamous 40 meter long tunnel water slide, the Lake-o-waves, an artificial wave pool and even a small zoo and camping ground!
Iceland Water Park, Ras al Khaimah
Can you imagine being surrounded by icebergs, snow and and an arctic waterfall under the blistering rays of the desert sun? Well, imagine no longer and head to arctic-inspired Iceland Waterpark featuring numerous rides slides and an impressive 100,000 gallon per minute artificial waterfall. Catering to children and adults alike, among the activities that you may participate in include Mount Tempest, Mount Attack, Penguin Falls and Arctic wave.