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Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi regulars mourned the loss of the epic Jumeirah Sceirah earlier in the year, which was torn down to make way for new attractions. Details of the latest ride, tentatively scheduled to open after summer, are scarce, but our park insiders tell us it’s one for extreme adrenaline junkies and is even ‘Sceirah-er’ than the original, which gave riders a terrifying thrill as they descended at 80 km/h down the super-steep 33 metre descent.
Joining attractions like the chilled out Lazy River, which stretches 360 metres, and the Tunnel of Doom, a pitch black slide with plenty of sudden twists and turns, are two relatively new rides that were unveiled last year. The Burj Surj consists of two large sections of downhill waterslides and two looming ‘bowls’, while Tantrum Alley incorporates downhill slides and tornadoes.
Ahlan!’s Fave Ride: The Wipeout Flow Rider – surf this artificial wave (or if you’re more of a novice, body board), which was the first barrelling wave to be built in the world.
BEST for: Relatively tame aqua action, but Wild Wadi is sure to up the fear-factor stakes with the opening of the new mystery ride later this year, making it perfect for adrenaline junkies.
INFO: Dhs215 for adults and Dhs175 for children below 1.1 metres, Dhs2,000 annual pass for adults, 10am to 7pm in May and 10am to 8pm until the end of August, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai, 04 348 4444, www.jumeirah.com.