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Park World editor, Becci Knowles speaks to Leander Werner de Wit, general manager, Yas Waterworld to find out more about the park’s tribute to Emirati culture and heritage of pearl diving


PW: Yas Waterworld has won a raft of awards since opening in 2013. What makes it so attractive to an international audience? LW: Yas Waterworld is seen as the pearl of Yas Island, the UAE’s premium leisure and entertainment destination. The waterpark, which was named the Middle East’s Leading Water Park by the World Travel Awards in 2019, combines fun aquatic adventures with local personality to provide guests with an experience unlike anything else. We provide a fun, captivating world where our guests can escape for the day. Set


to an Emirati backdrop, Yas Waterworld is home to a sprawling collection of over 40 rides and slides, which together create water’s greatest playground. At our waterpark, guests are invited to discover a new piece of happiness every time they visit.


PW: Tell me about the strategies you employ to attract international visitors in particular? LW: We work closely with our partners on Yas Island via Experience Hub, in addition to a range of travel and tourism agencies to promote our unique offerings to both UAE residents and tourists alike. Our park most definitely caters to international guests, especially those from our target markets such as KSA, Russia, India, China, and the UK. We do this by ensuring our dining outlets serve a wide range of cuisines that suit all dietary needs, as well as by hosting seasonal celebrations and events. Kabayan Festival, for example, is one of our most well-attended events and is one that has become a staple favourite for our Filipino guests. What we believe is the strongest draw is the fact that Yas Waterworld pays tribute to the Emirati culture and heritage of pearl diving and is based on an original


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story developed exclusively for the waterpark. The story of ‘The Lost Pearl’ follows the adventures of Dana, a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl which had once brought prosperity to her village. Guests can meet Dana herself who voyaged across the desert to find the missing pearl with the bandits in hot pursuit. After meeting with several friendly animals along the way, her journey brought her back to the oasis just outside the village, where she discovered the missing pearl!


PW: You have over 40 rides, slides and attractions. Talk me through the highlights? LW: Yas Waterworld boasts a number of one-of-a-kind rides that have never been seen before at a waterpark. Some of our guest favourite rides and experiences include Dawwama and Liwa Loop. Dawwama is the world’s largest tornado water coaster and undoubtedly the UAE’s ultimate water experience. The park is also home to Liwa Loop, the only looping waterslide in the Middle


East, where a retractable platform drops out from beneath one’s feet to unleash a rush of adrenaline. The Falcon’s Falaj is the longest mammoth water coaster ride in the Middle East, spanning 300 meters, delivering a high-adrenaline hydromagnetic- powered rush. Bubble’s Barrel is a must-try for surfing aficionados’ – it’s the Middle East’s largest surfable Laguna sheet wave for Flowboards and Bodyboards. Another guest favourite is Bandit Bomber, the first rollercoaster in the world to incorporate on-board water and laser special effects and reaches speeds of up to 60km per hour, thrusting guests as high as 35 meters above ground. Not to forget our signature Slither’s Slides is an exhilarating maze of slides and tunnels complete with plenty of twists and turns amidst spectacular special effects.


OCTOBER 2019


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