Yas Waterworld enters final stage of development


Construction work on Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, set to become the fifth water theme park in the UAE is now in its final stage of development and 91% complete.

Designed by Atkins, and masterminded by developer Aldar Properties, the main construction contract for the project was awarded to Al Jaber L.E.G.T. Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) for $164m.

“Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi will be home to 43 rides, slides, and attractions, including four one-of-a-kind rides that have never been seen in any other waterpark in the world,” Mike Oswald, park manager, told Gulf News.


Some 1.2 million kilograms of steel went into building the distinctive pearl crag at the development, and contractors have carried out 50,000m2 of rockwork across the park.

“Emirati culture plays an important part in Yas Waterworld’s design. The park’s theme is centred around pearl diving, a tradition deeply rooted in the local culture and history,” said Oswald. “Built on 15 hectares of space, Yas Waterworld is likely to rival the best water parks in the world.”

Yas Waterworld lies on the $40bn Yas Island development, which houses the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World theme park, Yas Plaza with its various hotels, and is a 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 30 minutes from the city of Abu Dhabi, and 50 minutes from Dubai.

Once it opens the theme park will see a water turnover rate of 5.6 million litres an hour.

The UAE’s existing waterparks are Wild Wadi and Atlantis’s Aquaventure in Dubai, the Dreamland Aquapark in Umm Al Quwain, and the Iceland Water Park in Ras Al Khaimah.

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