Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi will open on Thursday, 24 January 2013. Sammy Dallal / The National
Construction on the eagerly anticipated attraction began in November 2010 and had been expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2012. Sammy Dallal / The National
The Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi covers 15 hectares and has 43 rides, slides and attractions. Sammy Dallal / The National
Attractions include the longest suspended rollercoaster and the longest waterslide in the Middle East. Sammy Dallal / The National
Another attraction will be the Dawwama ride, a 20-metre high funnel that uses hydromagnetic power to propel six riders at a time uphill. Sammy Dallal / The National
The theme of the park, based on the story of Dana, an Emirati girl who is searching for a pearl, pays tribute to the UAE's pearl-diving heritage. Sammy Dallal / The National
After much anticipation, the Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi will finally open on January 24.
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