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great pics thanx for posting them
 

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Dubai-Lover said:
that is one hell of a waterpark
too sad i wear glasses and without them i'm almost blind :D
i wouldn't enjoy it without glasses

:lol: you actually go on all the rides with glasses hehe.


Thanks for the pics and once the other waterparks open, Wild Wadi will have to bow to them.
 

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Bahraini Spirit said:
:lol: you actually go on all the rides with glasses hehe.


Thanks for the pics and once the other waterparks open, Wild Wadi will have to bow to them.
hey no mole jokes here :lol:

with all these slides you will definitely lose your glasses and once you've lost them you're ready for hospital and several things in the park need to be repaired due to various heavy impacts :hilarious
 

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If you're a little short on sight, water parks can be quite a tricky situation. Don't ever wear glasses but contact lenses can really help. Actually, they don't even allow glasses on slides because it can scratch grooves into the plastic and the plastic can slice-up your skin.
But here's the catch, I once used them on Hurricane Harbor's Venom Drop (a body slide where you fall straight, straight, straight until the final curve unlike Wild Wadi's curvy and smooth Jumeirah Sceirah) and the splashy impact caused my lenses to peel off of my eyes -- those slides also give the most wicked of wedgies.
Needless to say, I was blind for the rest of the day.
But last summer when me and my friends had season passes to Soak City, I wore shades all day and never lost my contacts -- I lost my shades instead.
But Wild Wadi is better than any other water park, it's so well-planned and the theming is outrageously well-done.
 

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For some reason, there's a horrible stench(like foot odor)around the bridge area. Please, someone tell me what this is from. ???? It's only on the bridge????
 

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Wild Wadi launches two new rides

The attraction of these new rides will also lighten the load on other popular rides

Rania Moussly, Staff Reporter

January 11, 2011



Guests try out the new water slide, Burj Surj at Wild Wadi. Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News


The Burj Surj and Tantrum Alley replaced the Summit Surge and Rush Down Ravine.Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News


The new rides are the first in the world to push thrill seekers’ to the limit through the incorporation of three funnels. Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News


The Wild Wadi Waterpark on Tuesday launched two new thrilling rides, which dwarf its famous Jumeirah Sceirah ride in place of family rides nearing the end of their life span.

Soaring high above Jumeirah Beach Road, the Burj Surj and Tantrum Alley replaced the Summit Surge and Rush Down Ravine in a move aimed at doubling the water park’s capacity which is now estimated to cater to 800 people at any one time.

“It was time for us to make some changes that have addressed a lot of issues we faced with the previous rides,” said Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi Waterpark.

“We’ve been able to create more lounging space for our guests and build rides that you’re able to see from the rest of the park and from the road.”

Perry added that the attraction of these new rides will also lighten the load on other popular rides to allow visitors more riding time while in the waterpark.

The new rides are the first in the world to push thrill seekers’ to the limit through the incorporation of three funnels, which resemble large cement mixers, on the Tantrum Alley, and two bowls on the Burj Surj.

For almost one minute, a minimum of two riders on the Tantrum Alley –the more thrilling of the two - sit on a float and are told to hold on tight; as they make their way down a slide only to be throw left to right as they slip and slide up the walls of the funnels.

In the six months of construction it took to build the new rides, nearly 500 contractors were brought on board to maximise the excitement of Dubai’s public as they drift through 20,000 gallons of water.

The Burj Surj was named by Australian Dubai resident, Shani Ireland, in a public competition that received over 1,000 entries.

Ireland was among the first to ride the Tantrum Alley upon opening. She is a regular at the waterpark and has been riding the Jumeirah Sceirah for years, which was the original inspiration for her competition entry.

“When you’re at the top of the Jumeirah Sceirah you have a great view of the Burj Khalifa and Burj rhymes with Surj so I put the two together,” she said.

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The Wadi to grow a bit Wilder

Marie-Louise Olson

Jan 19, 2012



A visitor slides down the Jumeirah Sceirah in Dubai's Wild Wadi Water Park. The tallest and fastest free fall water slide outside North America is being taken down to be replaced by an equally 'thrilling' attraction. Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters

After 12 years of terrifying people brave enough to hurl themselves down its 33-metre-long slide, the Jumeirah Sceirah at Dubai's Wild Wadi Water Park has finally run dry.

The park has closed its doors so workers can begin taking down the famous slide, along with the rest of the structure. When the tourist attraction reopens on February 1, only the slide's tower will be left.

The Jumeirah Sceirah may have had the wow factor for more than a decade, but today's thrill-seekers are looking for something more breathtaking, according to Chris Perry, the park's general manager, who revealed the decision to take down the popular ride was based on comments from visitors calling for more "high-throw attractions".

"People want the type of rides that take your breath away and really get the adrenaline going," he said. "Rides you don't see at your typical water park."

Mr Perry said visitors can now look forward to a bigger and better ride, which is expected to be ready for operation by the end of the summer.

"This slide has done us very well over the years, but the way technology has developed there are just so many other new things out there."

The attraction that will replace the Jumeirah Sceirah, the tallest slide outside North America up until three days ago, will be "just as exciting and thrilling", according to Mr Perry, although details are not ready to be revealed just yet.

"It's being tendered right now, we're just finalising things for the demolition package and the main contractor and designer."

Hayden Holmes, the water park's manager, said the demolition marks the "end of an era".

"It's a very sad state of affairs for us. The tower and the slide has become as much a part of the Dubai landscape as any of the buildings around it," said Mr Holmes, who has worked at Wild Wadi since it opened in 1999.

The decision to remove the slide may have come as a surprise to fans of Wild Wadi but bosses said plans had been pending for a while, although they were not officially approved until after the park closed for maintenance on January 11.

Mr Perry said the management, Jumeirah Hotel Group, decided to take advantage of the closure to make things "more convenient for guests".

"We would have liked to have told people about the plans to take it down in advance so that they could have come in for a last ride before we started demolishing, but it all happened very quickly," he said.

The Jumeirah Sceirah, which hurtled visitors down an almost vertical water slide at speeds of up to 80kph, has seen 30 seasons of use since the park opened in August 1999.

Rumours about someone falling from the slide began circulating this week after the park closed, but Mr Perry said these were false, sparked by a campaign on Wild Wadi's Facebook page.

The park's employees had uploaded photos of the team dressed all in black, looking sad with their heads hanging over the edge of the slide, mourning its departure.

"We were putting on a kind of parody about the death of the Jumeirah Sceirah, but then we suddenly had tonnes of comments and people started thinking someone had died," said Mr Perry. "We posted a comment saying it was only a teaser of more to come and that we'd never had a death inside the park".

This was not the only rumour circulating about the park recently. Last week Wild Wadi became caught up in an international online "design" scam.

Mr Perry revealed he was contacted by Steven Harris, a Yale University architecture professor, enquiring about a design competition he had found online to create a new waterslide for Wild Wadi.

Prof Harris wanted to bring his students to Dubai to take part in the competition.

"Someone set up a design competition without our knowledge. We had no idea about it until Yale approached us for more information," said Mr Perry.

The phony competition asked for a US$50 (Dh183) fee to enter and promised the winning team US$10,000 and the chance to design a new slide at the park.

Mr Perry said he tried to contact the person who advertised the competition but without any luck.

"He didn't respond, so it looks like a scam. It's amazing what some people will do to make money." The website was removed a few days later.

This is the second time the park has undergone changes to its rides in recent months. Last year two new attractions - the Tamtrum Alley and the Burj Surj - were added, bringing the number of rides to 30.

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