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What it costs: Wet & wild water parks

What better way to spend your time in the sun then at a cool and exciting water park? Whether you¿re seeking a lazy time by the lagoon or an intense adrenalin rush, the Emirates is home to a variety of unique attractions.

With the heat finally fading, the great outdoors is once again a welcoming place. And what better way to spend your time in the sun then at a cool and exciting water park? Whether you’re seeking a lazy time by the lagoon or an intense adrenalin rush, the Emirates is home to a variety of unique attractions. For all you hydrophilic individuals out there, Faris Toqan makes a splash at three water parks.

 

Iceland Water Park

Slip This winter wonderland in the desert has everything from intense fast-paced waterslides to relaxation spots to take your mind off the world. Located in Ras al Khaimah, it spans an impressive 48.5 hectares and is currently the largest water park in the UAE.

Slide Glacier rides, a football field with artificial rain and tundra baths are just a few of the unusual attractions to experience at this park. The venue also includes Penguin Bay, which features dozens of lively penguins waddling within the enclosures.

Splash In a country dominated by desert, the look and feel of Iceland Water Park is definitely unique. It also has the greatest variety of rides and some inventive attractions you won't see anywhere else in the country. If you don't mind the longer drive to Ras Al Khaimah, this park is worth the trip.

Adults Dh150

Children Dh125

 

Wild Wadi

Slip While it might be the oldest water park in the UAE, it's also the smallest in terms of rides and attractions. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of slips and slides to keep everyone entertained, and it's conveniently located in the heart of Jumeirah.

Slide In addition to the slides and lazy rivers, the fish spa and surfing simulator are sure to impress. But perhaps the best-known attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah, which is the tallest free-fall slide outside of North America. Rising high above the park, sliders can reach dizzying speeds of up to 80km/h.

Splash With fewer rides and more conventional attractions, Wild Wadi might disappoint some enthusiasts seeking a rush. But it does feature Breaker's Bay, the largest wave pool in the Middle East. It also offers a wide variety of special promotions and deals, with guests at all Jumeirah hotels getting in for free.

Adults Dh200

Children (below 1.2 metres) Dh165

 

Atlantis Aquaventure

Slip Attached to the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, this water park is filled with energetic, action-packed rides. Opened last year, it features a long list of attractions and water-related activities, including Dolphin Bay, The Lost Chambers and a diving school.

Slide Atlantis Aquaventure boasts many of the usual rides, but it is the marine life that sets it apart from the crowd. The Leap of Faith, which is 27.5 metres in height and 61 metres long, hurtles you through a transparent tunnel where roaming sharks dwell. Meanwhile, whales, stingrays and thousands of fish can be seen by venturing into The Lost Chamber.

Splash Don't be scared off by the sharks. Aquaventure also has 700 metres of relaxing private beach, tumbling river rides and the "splashers" water playground for young children. Aquaventure has a little bit of everything, making it ideal for young families and thrill seekers alike.

Adults Dh200

Children (below 1.2 metres) Dh165