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Top thrilling waterpark rides in Dubai

Wed, May 10, 2023

Dubai’s waterparks are famous all over, offering everything from the highest drops in the world to shark-filled adventures.

Dubai’s waterparks are famous all over, offering everything from the highest drops in the world to shark-filled adventures.

Jumeirah Sceirah at Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai
Completely rebuilt in 2018 to be even longer and more thrilling, Wild Wadi Waterpark's Sceirah – pronounced “scarer” – is the original water-based thrill-ride in Dubai. After a nervous 32m-high climb, the Sceirah plunges two riders through trapdoors into two separate tubes for a full 120m, at speeds of up to 80km/h. It's terrifying, exhilarating and a must-try for serious waterpark fans.

Poseidon’s Revenge at Aquaventure

Poseidon’s Revenge at Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai
Closely behind the Sceirah in speed and length is Poseidon’s Revenge at Aquaventure Waterpark in Palm Jumeirah – also known as the 'most frightening waterslide in the Middle East'. Standing on a transparent trapdoor, the adrenaline builds to a nervous crescendo as you await the sudden plunge down 116m of twisting, spiralling tubes, which includes a complete 360-degree loop. It's one for the bravehearts.

Leap of Faith at Aquaventure

Leap of Faith at Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai
The Leap of Faith is Aquaventure’s signature waterslide, and regulars will know why. What it gives up in length, it more than makes up for in epic thrills. Starting with a near-vertical drop from almost 30m, brave riders speed down a tunnel that pierces through a shark- and stingray-filled lagoon. A truly wild ride that will see you as close as ever to the sea's greatest predators.

Tantrum Alley at Wild Wadi

Tantrum Alley at Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai
One to do in groups, Tantrum Alley sends tube rafts with up to four people hurtling down waterslides and into not one, not two, but three tornadoes, all in quick succession. The ride's spiralling storms toss and spin the tubes around, before sending them splashing out. It's a great way to bond with your best friends as you scream through the storms.

Wave Rider at LEGOLAND

Wave Rider at LEGOLAND Waterpark in Dubai
The Legoland Water Park at Dubai Parks and Resorts is specifically designed for children between the ages of two and 12 years old, and Wave Rider is a great way for young thrill-seekers to get a taste of a high-speed waterslide. Enjoy a 240-foot slide down into the water, all in view of your family and friends – and come back up for more. There are plenty of other fun options around as well.

Master Blasters at Wild Wadi

Master Blasters at Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai
Take on Master Blasters by yourself or with a friend, and brave a series of water jets that propel your tube uphill and through breathtaking turns and slides. It's a wild aqua rollercoaster ride, with several Master Blasters to choose from at Wild Wadi. Take your pick from the Flying Falls, Wadi Leap, Falcon Fury and Thunder Rapids, or try them all!

Slippery slides at AquaFun

Slippery slides at AquaFun in Dubai
It's a bit different from the other rides on this list, but we feel the whole of AquaFun definitely qualifies. The largest floating waterpark in the region, just off the coast of The Beach opposite JBR, AquaFun is a huge obstacle course made up of inflatable slides, bridges and steps. Falls and spills into the water are pretty much guaranteed. Race your friends but be ready for laughs and red faces as you all slide into the sea.

Slide Racers at LEGOLAND

Slide Racers at LEGOLAND Waterpark in Dubai
A kid-friendly take on the conventional water racing ride, Legoland's Slide Racers has six different slides that are perfect for larger groups or families who want to play together. Race down your chosen slide on a mat, and see who’s the fastest – just have someone waiting at the bottom to judge the winner. It's a great ride for little ones who'll no doubt want to return for more.

Trident Tower at Aquaventure


Commanding pride of place on the Aquaventure skyline, the 48m high Trident Tower brought 12 new record-breaking rides to the park in 2021. Highlights include the world's longest family coaster Shockwave and the world's tallest coaster Odyssey of Terror – which lets you experience near weightlessness before freefalling down a curved wall. Medusa's Lair and vertical drop Blackout, dubbed the 'scarier sister of Leap of Faith', enhance the line-up too.

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