Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As water parks go Wild Wadi must have one of the best views of any water park in the world as it is in the shadow of the iconic 7 star Burj Al Arab hotel.
The water park is themed around the tale of Juha a well-known character from the Arabian folklore. Set over 12 acres Wild Wadi has been awarded the best Waterpark in UAE and is frequently listed as one of the top ten water parks in the world.
As we staying at the Jumeirah Beach hotel we had complimentary access to the Wild Wadi water park. One of the main advantages was that it was within a short five minute walk from the hotel. With temperatures over 40 degrees there was no better way to cool down than with a visit to Wild Wadi to have plenty of fun and to keep cool.
One of the main advantages was that it was within a short five minute walk from the hotel. With temperatures over 40 degrees there was no better way to cool down than with a visit to Wild Wadi to have plenty of fun and to keep cool.
If you are not staying at a Jumeirah hotel then it’s 275 AED for a day ticket to enter Wild Wadi. We hired a locker at 45 AED and your wrist band operates the locker. You can keep your towels and personal belongings here whilst you enjoy the water rides and slides. Plus you could also pre load the wristband with cash to pay for drinks, souvenirs and snacks instead of going back and forth to the locker for cash which was pretty cool.
As my youngest daughter was just under 110cm she was unable to experience the bigger water rides at Wild Wadi but could still enjoy many slides in the family interactive play structure called Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon. Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is especially designed for families with little ones in mind.
There was over 100 water activities including 5 slides, a pair of racing slides, and water guns. My daughter loved the brightly coloured slides, two of which are completely enclosed, which adds a little excitement and fun for younger guests. Her favourite was the orange slide and I lost count the amount of times she went down it.
You can easily spend hours of fun here with Juha and his magic carpet-surfing friend Sinbad who feature on the Dhow. Beware of the large dumping bucket that will soak you if you stand below it every 2 minutes! During the summer heat the surge of water pouring onto you is a welcome treat, but it’s a surprise shock the first time you experience this.
At most water parks, one lazy river is enough, but not at Wild Wadi, they have 2 lazy rivers, Flood River and Juha’s Journey.
We loved Juha’s Journey which was a 360 metre long lazy river suitable for small children. There are lifeguards at all entry/exit points to help you onto the float rings. You can float on your own in a single float or with someone else on a double float and you can enjoy the scenery along the way. It is a rather pleasant break to relax from some of the bigger water slides throughout the park. However you need to watch out for the waterfalls dotted around the river which could give you a soaking. Life jackets were available free of charge for all guests who are not confident swimmers.
The Flood River lazy was also great, but the journey is a little more forceful as there are artificial waves created during your journey which added lots of excitement!
We also enjoyed the Wave pool and beach which is the largest wave pool in the Middle East. It was called Breaker’s Bay and produces 5ft waves in five different directions. This is located next to Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon.
My eldest daughter and her daddy loved the adventurous Burj Surj slide. This consists of two large sections of downhill water slides and the looming ‘Bowl’. Guests are seated on a circular inflatable, travelling downhill to the bowl, where they are hurtled into two spiralling spins and then dropped into the slide, ending with a screaming splash in the pool. The famous Burj Surj slide of the water park is the only slide in the world with 2 bowls.
We also loved Master Blaster which was a water rollercoaster! My daughter and I jumped into a double ring and the lifeguard pushes you on to the start of the ride. Stretching 360 metres from the bottom of the park to the top the Master Blaster rides are gravity-defying rides that rocket you quickly up to 15 metres above ground level which start off either in White Water Wadi or Flood River Flyer.
The other Master Blasters are Flying Falls, Falaj Fury, Jebel Lookout, Wadi Leap, Hos’N Hurler, Falcon Fury, Thunder Rapids, Rushing Rapids, Wadi Twister, Wadi Basher and the Tunnel of Doom. When you slide into a lagoon pool you think the ride is over but there are another few tunnels, finishing off in the pitch black before floating out in to the lazy river.
For the brave there were some top thrill seeking slides at Wild Wadi such as Tantrum Alley, Wipeout and Riptide and the iconic Jumeirah Sceirah.
The Jumeirah Sceirah is billed as the fastest and tallest waterslide in the Middle East. At 32m high the floor opens from under you and you travel down the 120m long slide at speeds of 80kmph. It is recommended to do this first thing in the morning as the queues can get very long especially during the weekends (Friday and Saturday in the UAE) and evenings.
If you like surfing then there was also a flowrider which allows you to show off your surfing skills. It is one of a only a handful of this type of attraction worldwide that gives you a stand up or lie down surfing experience.
We didn’t have time to dine at Wild Wadi Water Park, but there are three restaurants and 2 snack stands ranging from hot-dogs, pizza, and burgers to health foods and local delicacies. There are also 2 gift shops for Wild Wadi souvenirs, water vests and other swimwear.
The water park was a family favourite and was a great way to cool off providing hours of entertainment for us all as a family. The park is kept immaculately clean, and the Arabic themed decoration at the water park is amazing, as you would expect in Dubai everything has to be world class and it is here.
We had lots of fun at Wild Wadi and is a great water park to visit when in Dubai.