Dubai is a rare example of a destination that manages to achieve equal appeal among adults and children. For adults, there's the luxury of the hotels, restaurants and spas, and for children, there are countless attractions designed just for kids. Thanks to the hot weather, water parks are particularly popular, and Wild Wadi is a definite favourite.
Located with a great view of the famous Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi is a real children's paradise. This park has attractions to suit all ages - even babies and toddlers will be able to splash about happily, while older children and teens can treat themselves to a few thrills on the adrenaline-pumping rides. There are plenty of lifeguards monitoring all parts of the park, making this a particularly safe choice for families.
What's more, mums and dads will have plenty to look forward to do, with the private beach, lazy river and cabanas offering ample opportunity to relax - presuming they can resist the draw of the fast-paced water rides!
Wild Wadi's top rides and attractions
Wild Wadi has 30 rides and attractions, all set within a compact, buggy-friendly layout - something that makes it really accessible to families with kids of all ages. Here are some of the best attractions to look out for:
Juha's Dhow and Lagoon
This interactive family play area is one of the best attractions for those travelling with very young children, being open to little ones under 1.1 metres tall. Incredibly, there are more than 100 water activities here, including fun-filled racing slides, water guns and enclosed body slides. So, it's possible for little ones to spend hours on end here and not get bored!
This long, lazy river is the park's most relaxing attraction. Spanning 360 metres, it winds its way through the park and is suitable for all ages (children should always be supervised by parents though). Simply sit back and relax and let the water take you on a gentle journey.
Another attraction that's suitable for the whole family is Breaker's Bay, which has the honour of being the largest wave pool in the Middle East. There are five different configurations of wave, meaning there's plenty of fun to be had by adults and children alike.
Jumeirah Sceirah is one of the park's most famous rides - and definitely its most terrifying! One for teens and adventurous older children, it's only open to kids 1.1 metres tall and above.
From the top of this 32-metre high tower, guests will be treated to amazing views before climbing aboard a two-person capsule for the thrill of their lives. As you sit in the capsule, the bottom of the floor drops away and it slides down at an incredible speed of 80 km/h - so you might want to persuade your kids to wait a while for their ride if they've just had lunch!
Another must for adventure-loving kids is Burj Surj. This tube ride features two water slides that both end in a huge 'bowl' that sends the tube and its riders into spins before being dropped into the pool with a splash. This is another ride for children taller than 1.1 metres.
This water-based rollercoaster, again for guests over the 1.1-metre height mark, features a series of high-powered water jets. Starting at either White Water Wadi or Flood River Flyer, you'll be launched up to 15 metres above ground level, so hold on tight!
Another great ride for older children and parents is Tantrum Alley. Perched on a four-person tube, you and three other guests will ride this combination of water slides and "tornados", heading through the heart of the storm, before entering the pool with a serious splash.
Tips for visiting Wild Wadi
- If you're staying at a Jumeirah hotel, you should get free entry.
- The park regularly has offers on, which cover everything from reduced ticket price to special events, so be sure to check the website before visiting.
- For families with kids under 1.1 metres tall, the top areas are Juha's Dhow and Lagoons, Breaker's Bay, Juha's Journey and Flood River.
- All the park's restaurants have highchairs, while Julshan's Burgers and Dogs and Juha's Family Kitchen both have special children's menus. It's worth bearing in mind that you can't bring food or drinks (with the exception of 1 litre of water) into the park.
- If you don't want to bring your camera, there are photographers around the park who will take pictures of you. You can look through these before leaving and pick which you'd like to get printed.
Wild Wadi: perfect for the whole family
With its variety of rides for all ages, child-friendly restaurants and tempting selection of places to relax, Wild Wadi really does have something to offer the whole family. Coming here is a great way to spend some quality time together and cool off from the Dubai heat, so make sure you visit during your next family holiday.