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Key Info

Jumeirah Road

Price & Hours

336 dirhams (about $92) for adults; 284 dirham...
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

scorecard

  • 3.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located at the foot of the Burj Al Arab, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is a collection of 30 water rides and play areas designed for all ages. The entire park is modeled after Juha, a character often referenced in Arabian folklore and featured predominately among the park. Thrill-seekers can slide down Tantrum Alley or the Burj Surj, while those looking for a little more relaxation can glide along the lazy river. There are also multiple moderate slide options, as well as a water park just for the kiddos and the Wipeout and Riptide, a simulated surfing ride that's one of only four of its kind in the world. 

Travelers say Wild Wadi is a guaranteed hit with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. However, despite all the fun-filled things to do, some found the park to a bit too pricey. 

Wild Wadi Water Park opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes at 6, 7, 8 or 10 p.m. depending on the month. Admission is determined by height and range between 336 dirhams (about $92) and 284 dirhams (around $77), though if you purchase your tickets online in advance you'll save some serious cash. You can find Wild Wadi Waterpark next to Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach, about 2 miles north of the First Abu Dhabi Bank metro station. To learn more, check out the Wild Wadi Waterpark website.

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Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture buffs since it opened in 1999. Its curved glass façade – modeled after the sails that have graced Dubai's waterways all these years – shelters a world-class, über-luxurious hotel located on its own man-made island. The hotel not only houses the tallest atrium in the world at nearly 600 feet high, but it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Architecture aside, amenities include revolving beds in some suites, as well as a helipad, in case you thought arriving via a complimentary Rolls-Royce was too pedestrian. 

But you don't have to stay at the Burj Al Arab to enjoy it (and let's face it, most can't). Those who aren't crashing at the hotel can gain entry by grabbing a bite at one of the on-site restaurants. Among them are Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, which features floor-to-ceiling windows guarding a massive fish tank, and the sky-high Al Muntaha, located on the scenic 27th floor of the building.  

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