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Many world firsts at mega waterpark

Many world firsts at mega waterpark

Get set to start your new year with a splash, as the UAE’s first mega waterpark will finally open on January 24, giving water enthusiasts the ride of their lives.

Published: 19 Jan 2012  at 7:01 AM

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Get set to start your new year with a splash, as the UAE’s first mega waterpark will finally open on January 24, giving water enthusiasts the ride of their lives.
Spread over 15 hectares, the waterpark on Yas Island features 43 exciting rides, slides, attractions, themed restaurants, shops and activities. It showcases a mountain topped by a huge glittering pearl, bandit towers, an authentic wood-raftered souq and a giant falcon’s nest spilling over with slides.

“We are just a few weeks away from the grand opening of Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. All the rides, slides and attractions are installed and the pre-opening testing stage has commenced to ensure that everything is in place in terms of safe and successful park operations. A few members of the public will be given access to the park in the coming days as part of Challenge Accepted Competition, then it will be all aboard for the public opening,” said Mike Oswald, park general manager.

He said: “The countdown’s begun and we are sure visitors will be wowed by what’s in store. The January opening will kick-start what we expect to be an extremely successful year for this all-year-round entertainment attraction.”

“Visitors to the park will be in for a fantastic experience that brings together high-thrill rides, interactive attractions and a number of world-firsts in terms of waterpark entertainment – it will take even the most enthusiastic water park fan by surprise,” he added.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi pays tribute to the UAE’s pearl-diving heritage, and is themed around “The Lost Pearl”, an original story about Dana, a young Emirati girl on a quest for the legendary pearl that had once brought prosperity to her village.

Visitors can join the adventure on rides never before seen in water parks, including the first hydromagnetic six—person water-slide in the world and the largest sheet wave surf ride ever.

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