Sure, you can ignore the beads of sweat forming on your temples from the 10-second walk to your car, and you can crank up the AC in your office all you want, but honestly, it’s easier to just accept reality: summer is not yet over. So instead of holding yourself up indoors for the foreseeable future, we think there are much more enjoyable ways to cool down during the hotter months – such as visiting any of the water parks and in some amazing water sports in the UAE. Well, what are you waiting for? Read on to find out all about the best water parks in the UAE that have the best watersports activities.
WATER PARKS IN THE UAE
Did you know that three of the world’s top ten water parks are right here in the UAE? That’s an impressive statistic even here in the land of superlatives. You’re not truly living in the UAE if you haven’t spent the day surfing the lazy river in one of these UAE waterparks at least once and there’s no better time than now to cool off.
WATERPARKS IN DUBAI
Let’s take a look at all the best water parks in Dubai where you can go to cool off from the scorching summer heat.
Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai, Atlantis The Palm
First up on our list of best water parks in the UAE is the Aquaventure Waterpark in Atlantis, The Palm. This Atlantis water park is the largest water park in Dubai, which has the famous Ziggurat at its centre – the 30 metres high structure with seven adrenaline pumping slides to choose from. The most well-known attraction of this water park in Dubai is the Leap of Faith, which is not for the faint of heart. Using a 27.5-metre near-vertical drop (with a trapdoor no less), the ride sends you through a see-through tunnel located in a shark-filled lagoon. TripAdvisor named this Atlantis water park the 3rd best water park in the world, ultimately making it the best waterpark in Dubai. So if you’re an adrenaline junkie, consider renting a property on The Palm for year-long access.
INFO: AED 200 for adults, AED 165 for guests below 1.2 metres. (Oh – and if it’s your birthday, you enter for free!)
Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah
Another contender which is up there on the ranks of the best waterpark in Dubai is located in Jumeirah near the Burj Al Arab. The Wild Wadi is Dubai’s first water park and is still one that is cherished by many. Wild Wadi’s flagship ride, the Jumeirah Sceirah, may have closed a couple of years ago to make way for bigger and better attractions, but the chilled out 360-metre Lazy River is still floating away. The Tunnel of Doom, a pitch black slide with plenty of sudden twists and turns, is more than enough to get your heart racing.
INFO: AED 215 for adults and AED 175 for children below 1.1 metres
Dubai Aqua Park, JBR
Next up on our list of best water parks in Dubai, is a place where you get to have a family-friendly day out at its absolute finest. At JBR Beach, this inflatable obstacle course floating on the water has all the slides, climbing walls, and trampolines located across a 2,500 sq. m. site, that you need for a rollicking afternoon. It may not have all the frills and thrills of the bigger waterparks but as an impromptu cool-down (and quite a workout) that is so conveniently located especially for those living in Dubai Marina, JLT and JBR – we couldn’t leave it out.
INFO: AED 150 (adults over 12) AED 120 (kids between 5-12) AED 110 (per person for a group of four or more).
Legoland Water Park Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts
Next on our list of water parks in Dubai, we have the Legoland Waterpark. The only Dubai water park in the area that is specifically designed for children aged 2-12 and their families. Legoland Waterpark Dubai is part of the larger Dubai Parks and Resorts project. One of its most popular attractions is the Build-A-Raft River where families can create their own raft using Lego soft bricks, before floating together down a lazy river. Located opposite Palm Jebel Ali, residents of areas like Dubai Investment Park should definitely take advantage of their proximity and visit this water park in Dubai.
INFO: AED 205 for children and seniors and AED 240 for adults. Guests also have the option for two-park combo tickets for AED 350 children/395 adults.
Laguna Water Park, La Mer
Sitting on the family-friendly beachfront destination of La Mer is one of the newer Dubai waterparks known as the Laguna Water Park. This waterpark in Dubai is divided into four fun-filled distinct zones, namely Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash. It’s signature rides include the WaveOz 180 FloRider, which is the first and only one of its kind in the GCC and one of the only three in the world. Other water activities here include the Free Fall, the Lazy River, rides for younger children and toddlers, and the giant Manta, a thrilling raft ride. With so much to offer, this is definitely a strong contender for the title of the best waterpark in Dubai.
WATERPARKS IN ABU DHABI
For the residents living in the capital city, here are the best water parks in Abu Dhabi.
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the UAE’s first “mega water park”, a whopping 150,000 sq. ft. offering 43 different slides, rides and attractions suitable for visitors of all ages. For the very brave, Yas Waterworld is home to the world’s longest and fastest tornado water slide, not to mention the first looping waterslide in the region!
INFO: AED 240 for adults, AED 195 for children.
Aqua Fun Waterpark – Abu Dhabi
Located a few meters off the coast of one of the best beaches in Abu Dhabi, the Corniche, is the floating inflatable water theme park that brings a new challenge for all the lovers of water sports in the UAE. The Aqua Fun is a water sports activity in Abu Dhabi, that features obstacle courses of ramps, slides, and bridges that spell out ‘I <3 AD’. This floating inflatable water park in Abu Dhabi is estimated to burn 500-900 calories per hour and is perfect for both kids and adults. Take your pick from their wide range of water sports activities in Abu Dhabi’s AquaFun water park, which includes a 74-metre tug of water war, an adventurous treasure hunt, or race around the super slick sack race around a specially designed course.
INFO: AED 150 for adults (12+), AED 120 for kids between 5-12 years old and AED 110 per person for groups of 4 or more.
WATER PARKS IN SHARJAH AND NORTHERN EMIRATES
If you are looking for some water-themed fun outside the main cities, take your pick from these other popular UAE water parks.
Al Montazah Water Park in Sharjah
This waterpark in Sharjah is one of the best family destinations and the first of its kind in the city. Located on Flag Island, this Sharjah waterpark features thrilling rides, water slides, fun pools and other attractions. Whether you want to float down the 314 metre-long tube of Fun Falaj or swim in the Wadi pool, this water park ensures fun for all ages looking to indulge in water sports in Sharjah.
INFO: Tickets can be booked via the Groupon website
Aqua Bounce Ajman
Looking for things to do in Ajman? Well, just like the AquaFun obstacle race in Abu Dhabi, Ajman has its very own version of it. The Aqua Bounce, which is located on Fairmont Ajman’s private beach, is an inflatable obstacle course perfect for anyone looking to indulge in some water sports in Ajman. So get your friends and family along for a day of laughter and good times at the first ever floating water park in Ajman.
INFO: Weekday AED 200 (Adult), AED 150 (Child 6-12). For weekends AED 250 (Adult), AED 200 (Child 6-12), In-house guest (Adult) AED 50 and AED 25 (Child 6-12), family package AED 900 with AED 500 dining credit in Driftwood and school pass 25% off with valid school/university ID
Dreamland Aqua Park in Umm Al Quwain
One of the largest water parks in the UAE, featuring over 30 thrilling rides and attractions suiting all age groups, the Dreamland Aqua Park is the best place to enjoy thrilling water sports in the UAE as well as have family-friendly fun. With a wide choice of restaurants and food outlets, cabana rentals and overnight camping facilities you are guaranteed a wholesome experience at this waterpark in Umm Al Quwain.
INFO: AED 160 (Adult), AED 100 (under 48″/1.2m tall and ages 65+), AED 450 Family Package (2 adults + 2 children below 1.2m tall) and free for infants under 2 years of age and people of determination.
Ice Land Water Park in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
The next feature is another one of the famous waterparks in the UAE, that guarantees fun for the whole family. With over 15 water-themed attractions, including newer ones like the KICK! and dedicated pool areas for kids, this water theme park in RAK is the perfect place where people of all ages can beat the heat.
INFO: AED 75 per person, AED 30 (Child below 1.20 meters height), AED 100 Family Package (2 Adult + 1 Child below 1.20 meters height), Free for infants below 80cm height and Senior Citizen above 65 years old.
Phew! There we have it; a list of all the water parks in the UAE. Whether you are visiting the waterparks in Dubai or any of the other emirates, you will surely enjoy beating the heat with these water-themed activities in the UAE. Just make sure to carry all the essentials, such as sunscreen, bathing suits, towels and of course your happy faces to enjoy these waterparks. We hope you found this article helpful, and if you are looking for some other fun water-related activities, why not try out the watersports offered at these beaches in Dubai.