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Dubai Atlantis unveils new rides ahead of summer including longest zipline in the Middle East

A 40-metre high slide is being added to the rides on offer at Atlantis as well as a new zipline that will be the longest in the Middle East.

The Aquaventure Waterpark boasts the longest river-ride in the Middle East at 2.3 kilometres long, and requires 18 litres of fresh water to power its waterslides daily. Randi Sokoloff / The National
The Aquaventure Waterpark boasts the longest river-ride in the Middle East at 2.3 kilometres long, and requires 18 litres of fresh water to power its waterslides daily. Randi Sokoloff / The National

DUBAI // A 40-metre high slide is being added to the rides on offer at Atlantis, The Palm’s Aquaventure Waterpark as well as a new zipline that will be the longest in the Middle East.

The hotel on the top of the Palm Jumeirah said in a statement today that construction had already begun on the Tower of Poseidon, their newest slide.

“This upcoming expansion will be more exhilarating than anything we have unveiled before, with unbelievable new rides the likes of which have not been seen anywhere in the world,” said Alan Leibman, chief executive of Kerzner International.

By the time the new development is complete, the 17-hectare waterpark will feature two new waterslide towers, the longest river-ride in the Middle East at 2.3 kilometres long, tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white water chargers, and 700 metres of white sand beach space.

In all, the park will require 18 million litres of fresh water to power its waterslides daily.

The zipline will pass above several of the rides, giving those on the line a bird’s-eye view of the frenetic action below.

Apart from nabbing the record for longest zipline, the park will also be able to claim the world’s largest diameter slide, the world’s first vertical banking family ride with a double hump at the end, and first double slide-within-a-slide experience.

The revamp of the park is expected to be completed by August 2013.

eharnan@thenational.ae