In pictures: Sneak peek at the new-look Aquaventure waterpark in Dubai
July 10, 2013
The new-look tourist attraction will include four themed slides and the longest zipline in the Middle East.
"We want to open as soon as we can but on the caveat that everything has to be just right," said Scott Deisley, vice president of Aquaventure.
Mr Deisley said he hoped the park would open early next month but added "we’ll open it as soon as we’re able to do so safely”.
The biggest draw is expected to be the huge "anaconda" waterslide that can be ridden by up to six people at a time in a rubber dinghy.
A second six-person ride features an enormous slide that twists almost 90 degrees.
Kerzner International engineer Richard Shirley overlooks the Aquaventure expansion project. Park management says it should be a success with residents and tourists, despite the summer heat.
A huge extension to the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm could be open in time for the Eid Al Fitr public holidays.
Mr Deisley said opening at the hottest time of the year would not be a problem.
“Everyone thinks it’s too hot outside but we’re very busy in the summer,” he said. “It actually outpaces most months of the year.”
He is confident the slides, designed by Canadian company Whitewater Parks International, will be a hit.
“We think this is just going to blow people away, not only in Dubai and the region but also from an industry standpoint, in the world,” Mr Deisley said.
Other attractions include two near-vertical chutes accessed through a trapdoor, and a zipline that will give visitors an aerial view of the entire resort and the Palm Jumeirah.