Located right in front of the beautiful Burj Al Arab in the elegant coastal district of Jumeirah, the Wild Wadi water park offers 30 water games and attractions for the whole family. The park’s predominant theme is the legend of Juha, a well-known character from Arabian folklore.
Inside the playground are heated pools, cold-water pools, waterfalls and two artificial surf machines, as well as many water games. One of the park’s most interesting features is its 18-metre high waterfall that is triggered every 10 minutes. Besides the water games, there is also a relaxation area with souvenir shops, a few restaurants and two bars.
The water games at Wild Wadi will satisfy the desires of young and old alike. The Flood River, for example, pumps waves several metres high, while Juha’s Journey is a calm river suitable for the whole family.
But for those looking for adrenaline and thrills, the Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj slides are the ideal attractions.
Also very popular with park-goers is the Wipeout Riptide surf zone, which works by shooting more than seven tonnes of water per second through a foam-moulded structure to produce a very realistic wave effect ideal for surfing while lying, kneeling or standing.
But the park’s most exciting attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah, a 32-metre high double slide (from the top of which there is a splendid view of the park and the entire surrounding area).
Once up to the top, two capsules await two guests who, once in position, will feel the floor open up under their feet, falling down the 120-metre slide at a sensational speed of 80 kilometres per hour, allowing them to travel down it in seconds.
The Wild Wadi water park provides male and female changing rooms for guests, with safes for valuables. The changing rooms are cleaned frequently and have numerous showers, while the safes are opened and closed using the wristband that is provided to each park guest.
The bracelet also serves as a virtual wallet: Wild Wadi Park guests can recharge it by depositing money and thus avoid carrying their wallet or money around the park. The wristband is used to pay for drinks at the bar, meals at the restaurant and purchases at souvenir shops. The remaining credit is returned to you on your way out in the form of cash.
The Wild Wadi also provides six gazebos that can be reserved at an additional cost. Each gazebo can accommodate up to eight people and the service includes private space, four deck chairs, beach towels and a special VIP ticket to skip the queue at the White Water Wadi slide.
The two main restaurants are Julshan’s Burgers and Dogs and Juha’s Family Kitchen. Both serve burgers, shawarma, the Arabic version of kebabs, fried chicken, salads and sandwiches. Other restaurants and places to grab a bite are Ali’s BBQ, Riptide Pizza, Leila’s Fruits and Snacks and Shahbandar’s Cafe.
Bringing food into the park is not allowed, however, you can bring a few bottles of water with you. Remember to bring sun cream and beach towels, as buying them inside could prove very expensive.
You can buy a 1-day entrance ticket to the Wild Wadi Waterpark online.
The Wild Wadi Waterpark is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. During the months of March to October, it closes at 19:00.
Reaching it by metro is neither easy nor immediate, as the nearest stop, number 32 on the Mall of the Emirates red line, is about 4 kilometres away. However, once you get off the metro, just take the bus 81 or alternatively a taxi.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.