Monday, October 2, 2023

Dubai’s Wild Wadi Removes Famous Slide For Expansion

Courtesy Jumeriah Group

Dubai — Wild Wadi Waterpark, part of the Jumeirah Group, has announced that it will remove its landmark waterslide, Jumeirah Sceirah, to make space for new and exciting developments, to be unveiled later this year. 

Jumeirah Sceirah is the tallest slide outside North America, measuring 33m (108ft) in height, with riders reaching speeds of 80kph (50mph). 

Deconstruction of the ride is already underway while the park is closed for annual maintenance and refurbishment.

Later this year, Wild Wadi will reveal plans for a new ride that will take the place of Jumeirah Sceirah – pushing the most daring thrill-seekers to the limit.

In 2011, Wild Wadi Waterpark opened two new rides to the public. Burj Surj consists of two large sections of downhill waterslides and two looming ‘Bowls’, while Tantrum Alley is a ride that incorporates two large sections of downhill waterslides and three exciting tornadoes.

Wild Wadi Waterpark, which forms part of the Jumeirah Group portfolio, was launched in 1999 and is one of the largest of its kind outside of North America. Situated between sister properties Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Waterpark is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, a leisurely half hour drive from Dubai International Airport.

In 2011, Wild Wadi Waterpark announced the addition of two new rides, Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, to its existing collection of over 28 rides and attractions. 13 of the rides are inter-connected, allowing thrill seekers of all ages to experience one adrenaline rush after another without ever leaving the water. In 2012, Wild Wadi will announce an exciting new ride that will replace the iconic Jumeirah Sceirah.

Created by WS Atkins, the engineering and design consultancy firm behind Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi Waterpark is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad. The design and attention to detail, including characters to support the theme, led to a World Waterpark Association Industry Innovation Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Design and Theming in its opening year.

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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