A round-up of the best rides in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

A holiday in Dubai can mean a time to relax and unwind while soaking up the highest standard of luxury, but it can also be a fantastic place to get a taste of adventure. If you're an adrenaline junkie there are plenty of theme and water parks to seek your thrills at.

A round-up of the best rides in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Although many people plan a trip to Dubai because of the outstanding luxury and next level service it can offer, the emirate is also a fantastic place for those looking for something a little more fast paced. There are different types of adventure parks all across Dubai, catering for guests of all ages and interests, making it the perfect place if you are travelling as a large group or a family.

Whether you want something that will suit your young children or are looking for a ride that will keep adults entertained, Dubai has a ride that will be perfect. Here are our top picks of the best rides in the emirate, so you can take your pick when planning your holiday.

  • Wipeout and Riptide FlowRiders, Wild Wadi Water Park

    Wipeout and Riptide FlowRiders, Wild Wadi Water Park

    For the ultimate surfing experience head to the Wild Wadi Water Park. With the largest variety of rides in the UAE, you'll be spoilt for choice but its Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders are among the highlights. Designed by American lawyer and surf fanatic Thomas Lochtefeld, the Wipeout gushes out more than seven tonnes of water each second over a moulded foam structure. This allows you to get the feel of being out on the ocean in the perfect conditions, without having to worry about drifting away.

  • The Torrent, Aquaventure

    The Torrent, Aquaventure

    The Atlantis, the Palm, houses one of the best water parks in Dubai and the Torrent is definitely worth the visit. The extreme wave generator creates up to metre-high walls of water and giant swells in the pool. Jump over the smaller waves and feel the larger ones crash into you for the ultimate water pool experience.

  • Flying Aces, Ferrari World

    Flying Aces, Ferrari World

    Flying Aces is a rollercoaster like no other. Inspired by the legendary "ace of aces" aviator, Count Francesco Baracca, the ride transports guests in a military bi-plane. Guests then travel up 63 metres at a 51-degree incline, getting your pulses racing. The rollercoaster then hurtles guests around its course, which features the world’s highest rollercoaster loop and reaches speeds of up to 120km/h.

  • Jumeirah Sceirah, Wild Wadi Water Park

    Jumeirah Sceirah, Wild Wadi Water Park

    If you are looking for a real adrenaline rush, then the Jumeirah Sceirah is exactly what you're looking for. To get to the ride, you need to first climb a tower stretching 32 metres above ground, giving you a fantastic view of the entire park. Once you get to the top of the tower, there are two tandem slides so you and a friend can travel the ride together. Guests are then placed inside a capsule, while a countdown starts and the floor opens beneath them. The capsules are then propelled down a 120 metre slide at around 80 km/h.

  • Bandit Bomber, Yas Waterworld

    Bandit Bomber, Yas Waterworld

    The longest suspended rollercoaster in the Middle East, the Bandit Bomber keeps guests hanging for some 550 metres. The latest water and laser effects allow you to try and target your family and friends walking beneath you and help make this ride one of the most exciting.

  • The Leap of Faith, Aquaventure

    The Leap of Faith, Aquaventure

    If you are brave enough, the Leap of Faith offers the thrill of a lifetime. Guests are asked to stand at the top of a nine-story tall slide, which hurtles you down a near-vertical drop in just seconds. You'll then speed through a clear tunnel that propels you through a course surrounded by numerous sharks and rays.

  • Formula Rossa, Ferrari World

    Formula Rossa, Ferrari World

    A ride so intense, you need to wear goggles, Formula Rossa is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Travelling at speeds faster than any F1 car, the ride propels guests at speeds of 240 km/h, making it the fastest rollercoaster in the world. You then climb up to 52 metres and feel the rush that comes from 4.8Gs.

  • Master Blasters, Wild Wadi Water Park

    Master Blasters, Wild Wadi Water Park

    Another of Wild Wadi Water Park's favourites, the Master Blasters propel water to take guests on an aquatic rollercoaster. Start off at either White Water Wadi or Flood River Flyer and sit in the safety of a rubber ring while the high-powered jets guide you around the course. There are a series of gravity-defying rides across the park, which blast guests up to 15 metres above ground level. Falaj Fury, Jebel Lookout, Hos'N Hurler, Falcon Fury and Thunder Rapids, are just some of the best.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Perfect for any adventure

Whether you are travelling with a young family or are planning a holiday away with your friends, Dubai has everything for those wanting more than a little fun and excitement during their stay.

James Corporal

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