Wild Wadi Waterpark picture
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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
4.2scorecard
  • 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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Skirting the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai is every shopper's paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world and houses more than 1,300 stores. Even if you aren't interested in buying anything, a visit to this immense retail center is a must: The Dubai Mall also contains numerous entertainment facilities, such as an ice rink, a movie theater and several kid-friendly attractions, including an aquarium that houses thousands of underwater creatures. If you happen to be around at night, stop by the Dubai Fountain outside of the mall. Created by the team who designed the Bellagio's famous dancing fountains, the fountain features nightly shows set to a mix of western and eastern music. 

Visitors were taken by how much was at the mall – everything you could possibly need can be found inside its sprawling square footage. A few visitors were keen to point out that you might not want to shop here after all. Because so much is imported, some reviewers found prices to be higher in comparison to what they've seen at home. Still, many said that shouldn't stop you from popping in for a visit. Of course, if you're on the hunt for a taste of Middle Eastern culture, this isn't the place to experience it. It is, however, a great escape from the heat, according to travelers. 

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