x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Wild Wadi's new Jumeirah Sceirah to live up to its billing

At around six storeys high, the new rush at Wild Wadi Waterpark will push the most daring of thrill-seekers to the limit.

An illustration of the new and improved Jumeirah Sceirah waterslide  at Wild Wadi Waterpark.
An illustration of the new and improved Jumeirah Sceirah waterslide at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

DUBAI // At around six storeys, the new adrenalin rush at Wild Wadi waterpark does what it is designed to do - push the most daring of thrill-seekers to the limit.

Dubai already offers skydiving, bunjee jumping and indoor ski slopes, and the new 120-metre water slide at Wild Wadi is helping the park keep up with the competition.

The revamped Jumeirah Sceirah starts at 32 metres above ground and is now a tandem slide.

The attraction puts a park-goer atop the slide with a great view of the landmark Burj Al Arab hotel and Dubai's skyline.

Once the trapdoor opens, the view disappears and the rider drops down the chute, reaching speeds of up to 80kph.

Slated to reopen on September 4, the original Sceirah slide was dismantled in January.

It comes in addition to the 30 existing rides at Wild Wadi, 13 of which are inter-connected. This allows riders to experience one after another without leaving the water.

The park recently launched Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj.

The waterpark is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad.

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