Unleash your inner child at Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark, one of the United Arab Emirates’ most popular attractions. Overlooking the Burj Al Arab hotel on Jumeirah Beach, Wild Wadi Waterpark delivers fun for the whole family, with cool pools and pulse-racing rides that reach speeds of up to 50 mph. With more than 30 attractions at the ready, Wild Wadi is more than worthy of a full day’s stay. Use this guide to get the most out of your visit.
Wild Wadi’s Star Attractions
Inspired by the Arabian folklore character of Juha, this sprawling waterpark resembles a lush tropical hideaway of lagoons, waterfalls and rapids. First up, familiarize yourself with the layout of the park with a trip on the Master Blaster. This gravity-defying tube ride is like an aquatic rollercoaster, propelling you throughout the park via a series of high-powered water jets.
For thrill-seekers, your next port of call should be the Jumeirah Sceirah. Climb to the top of the 100-foot tower, where you’ll step inside a capsule and cross your arms and legs. Before you can blink, you’ll be charging through the tunnel, reaching a top speed of 50 mph and experiencing temporary weightlessness.
Another high-speed favorite is the Burj Surj, a tube ride for two to five people that spins you through a series of giant bowls and twisting slides. Tantrum Alley sees you churning through three tornadoes before landing with a splash in the pool. Put your surfing skills to the test on the Wipeout FlowRider attraction, or swim in the Middle East’s largest wave pool at Breaker’s Bay.
After something a little more sedate? All ages will enjoy a float on Juha’s Journey, a 1,200-foot lazy river that moves at a gentle pace. Children will also love Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, home to five kid-sized slides, 100 water-based activities, and a lagoon for safe splashing.
Dining and Reclining
Forget about bringing a soggy sandwich along—with the exception of a 1-liter (33 oz) water bottle, you can’t bring your own food or drink into the park. Instead, refuel with fast-food classics at Julshan’s Burgers and Dogs or thin-crust pies at Riptide Pizza. For a more substantial meal, settle into Smoke House for American-style barbecue, including saucy ribs, brisket and wings. After something light and healthy to beat the heat? Head to Leila’s Fruits and Snacks for smoothies, juices and fresh fruit salads.
For the rock-star Wild Wadi experience, book one of the VIP cabanas for up to eight people. These shady spots are set on the edge of Juha’s Journey Lazy River and the Wavepool, and are furnished with four cushioned sunloungers, a table and four chairs. The private fridges are stocked with chilled water, soft drinks and fruit, and you’ll get free towels and fast-track access to White Water Wadi.
How about a spot of day-spa pampering while you’re at it? Hightail it to the Fisho Spa to sink your toes into a pool filled with garra rufa fish. These tiny, toothless fish nibble away at the dead skin on your feet, leaving them feeling soft, smooth and exfoliated.
Where to Stay
Wild Wadi is part of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel complex, and entry to the waterpark is free for hotel guests. Take your pick of 618 rooms, suites and villas, with postcard-perfect views of the Arabian Gulf. The resort is also home to 21 restaurants and bars, six swimming pools and a private beach. For an ultra-swank stay in Dubai, book a suite at the nearby Burj Al Arab, dubbed the world’s most luxurious hotel.
When to Visit
As Wild Wadi Waterpark is one of Dubai’s most popular attractions, the wait time for rides can be lengthy on weekends and later in the day, so visit on a weekday if possible, and arrive close to opening time to skip the queues. Gates opens at 10 a.m., with closing times varying depending on the day and season, but generally no earlier than 6 p.m.. For an after-dark experience, keep an eye out for Late Night Fridays (until 10 p.m.) and Ladies Nights on Thursdays (8 p.m.–midnight) during summer.
Wild Wadi Waterpark is located in Jumeirah 2, a 20-minute drive south of Downtown Dubai or 15 minutes from Dubai Marina. Taxis are plentiful and affordable. Or, catch bus numbers 8, 81, 88 and X28 to the Wild Wadi 1 stop.
Wild Wadi’s general admission rate is based on height: if you’re taller than 43 inches (1.1 meters), it’s 336 dirham; under 43 inches (1.1 meter) is 284 dirham. Take advantage of discounts by booking online in advance or flashing your Emirates ID. Entry is free for children 2 and under, but you’ll need to provide their proof of age. You can rent towels (42 dirham) and lockers (from 48 dirham).