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Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects whilst coasting through the park. And, as most of them are likely to be wearing bathing suits as they ride, it needn't be a tragedy if they get wet in return! Combining a 20-metre-tall funnel with a waterslide


coaster, the 238m-long Dawwama is the world’s first HydroMagnetic Tornado from ProSlide. Both this and the accompanying Falcon’s Falaj (HydroMagnetic Mammoth) waterslide coaster start from the top of a themed falcon's nest and use six-person rafts so a whole family or group of friends can ride together.


Snakes ‘n’ Slides Slither’s Slides is a maze of six WhiteWater tube sides with added fog, projections and LED effects, each exiting through a snake's head. Highlights include the Serpent Spin (Superbowl) and Slither’s Surprise, WhiteWater’s first ever Rattler MegaTube attraction, a tube slide punctuated by a succession of bulging sections (like the 'rattle' on a rattle snake) in which riders oscillate from side to side in their innertube. Further contributions from WhiteWater include Sebag (6-lane Whizzard mat racer), Marah Fortress (AquaPlay Giant RainFortress interactive playground), Yehal (AquaPlay 300) and six kids’ slides inside Tot’s Playground. As well Amwaj – the Middle East’s largest wave pool, located right in the centre of the park – Yas Waterworld boasts both a lazy river and extreme river.


Bubble’s Barrel (FlowBarrel Ten)


Surfers can show off their their skills on Rush Rider, a double FlowRider installation, and the much larger Bubble’s Barrel, the largest FlowBarrel wave simulator in the world . Developed by WhiteWater together with WaveLoch, it delivers two full 3m-tall (10ft) up-and- over barrel waves that can be ridden by flowboard or bodyboard.


In addition to Bandit Bomber, some of the other features that set Yas Waterworld apart from other waterparks are fun additions like the Water Wars balloon combat game (from the American company of the same name) and PearlMasters interactive treasure hunt (WhiteWater SplashQuest, see over page). The wood-raftered Arabian souk at the entrance to the park acts as a hub for guests services, locker/towel rental, lost property and various food, drink and retail outlets including the PearlMasters shop.


Standard one day admission is priced at AED225


($61/€45) for those over 1.1m, or AED185 ($50/€37) for anyone under 1.1m in height. A Yas Park Pass (see panel) allows a special combined rate of admission to both Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. Premium tickets are also available including fast pass access to various slides and attractions. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi operates daily from 10am until 6pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on the time of year.


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Yas Park Pass


Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi’s entry price of AED225 is in line with rates at the Wild Wadi and Aquaventure (Atlantis) waterparks in neigbouring Dubai. Unlike those facilities, Yas Waterworld is not (yet) directly connected to a hotel with which it can bundle park admission. However, joint ticketing deals are in place with the adjacent Ferrari World, with a one-day Yas Park Pass saving visitors AED100 ($27/€30) on the cost of entry to both parks. As waterparks in the region have already proved themselves to outperform many ‘dry’ attractions, strategic offers such as this could provide an important boost to business at the big red-roofed park across the road from Yas Waterworld. With a third park already in planning, Yas Island moves a little step closer to becoming the thriving leisure destination that we were promised. Even Orlando wasn’t an overnight success.


Sllither’s Slides Dawwama


Sebag and a maze of other slides form WhiteWater


Sllithers Surprise


Marah Fortress by WhiteWater


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