Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wading in the Wadi

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No I did not go on a safari trip this weekend, this wadi is just around the corner of Jumeirah at the end of the Beach Road situated between the majestic 8 star hotel Burj Al Arab and picturesque Jumeirah Beach Hotel. A friend of a friend took us on a treat to Wild Wadi last Friday which also happens to be me and my husbands 10 years together. It is the exact same date and day we officially became a couple. This outing was a perfect coincidence to celebrate our special day.

"Wadi" is the Arabic term for Valley. In some cases, it may refer to dry riverbed that contains water only during times of rain or simply intermittent stream- definition by Wikipedia

Wild Wadi is the first theme park in the UAE and now one of the 6 water parks around the country.  (newest first - Yas Waterworld, Aquaventure, Iceland, Dreamland, Wonderland, Wild Wadi.) Wild Wadi is nothing but fun fun fun (humming) in the sun that spans over 12 acres of land. It has 23 water rides that suits every age. Jumeirah Sceirah is for riders not less than 1.1 m tall, the anxiety heightens as you climb the 32 meter tower to reach the slide. You will be popped into a tube with your arms and legs crossed and dropped into the 120 meter slide at 80 kmph speed. When I tried this ride, it was not a tube yet, it is an open slide like this one.


This is how it looks now but unfortunately I couldn't try it this time. The brave and thrill seeker in you must also be cautious to tie your swim suit tightly to avoid any beach wear mishap if you know what I mean.




My not so faint-hearted 8 year old daughter Mica eagerly try her hands on surfing at Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders.










She wants to come back for more even after this wipe out


and then its dads turn, Ferald liked this ride a lot and he has been to Wild Wadi three times and never pass the chance to try surfing.






And who doesn't get wiped out? hehe


This one is me, yes I tried it too and its awesome



You know I have another kid, the little guy enjoyed dipping at Breakers Bay. This is a  wave pool that produces 1.5 meter waves. Complimentary life jackets are at bay for the not very confident swimmers. I almost stayed here all day to accompany Prince. He is still scared to wade into deeper part of the pool but we managed to teach him to jump and move his leg like bicycling and he is not so scared anymore.








In front of the wave pool, the play structure behind us is Juhas Dhow and Lagoon perfect for families with little ones


but I couldn't make Prince go to play here because of this huge dumping bucket that pours water every two minutes, its scares him



Another favorite is the Master Blaster, it is a series of high-powered jets to take you on an aquatic roller coaster ride. In this ride you'll use single ring or double ring inflatable. Kids below 1.1 meters are not allowed in this ride.




Lifeguards are everywhere which is really good and if you do not have a water camera, its alright because they you can take your pictures too during the ride and you can pay and collect your picture at the souvenir shop later on.


We have more to explore because we haven't tried everything. We still have the Flood River


 Burj Surj and Tantrum Alley and Juhas Journey


When you feel your stomach rumbling already after all that adrenaline rushing rides, there are several food outlets to chose from. We opted for Julshans Kitchen, ordered some burgers with potato fries and soft drinks, the burger is big and good for sharing, I shared mine with Mica or you can have it to yourself but I'm sure you'll find yourself stuffed after that. I find it odd thoughtful that the veggies in the burger are served on the side. Burgers, Sausage sandwich, chicken burgers are priced from AED 32 to 39 AED. Salads are also available and cost AED 40-50. Bottled water is ridiculously overpriced at AED 9 per bottle. Ice cream is AED 10 each.





There are also other things you can engage yourself into inside Wild Wadi water park. Fisho is a fish spa available for a fee of AED 35

Just dip you feet on the water full of small fishes and enjoy the tingling sensation


or get an Air Tatoo that apparently would last up to 5 days.



And this place is picture perfect, so take loads of pictures


And capture some more nice things




And if you get lost there are maps like this around the water park and if you lost something, they also have lost and found section near the entrance.


Entrance fees to Wild Wadi is AED 225 for adults and AED 175 for kids and free for kids below 2 years. They are open from 10 am to 7 pm daily from March to May and adjusted depending on the month so be sure to check this out.


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