Dubai is set to get a brand new waterpark next year.
Hot on the heels of Dubai Butterfly Garden, now open, and Miracle Gardens, set to re-open this November, the company behind the two has revealed it plans to build a new attraction on-site.
During a recent tour of the butterfly house – the first in the Middle East – in Al Barsha South, Dr Ayman Ahmad revealed the insect attraction would expand in the future, claiming, 'We are [also] planning to build a waterpark here – hopefully it will be open next summer’. Whether the park will be based on water features or water slides was not immediately clear.
And that’s not all they’ve got planned for the space. ‘We have the idea to make different types of gardens, such as a bird garden and koi fish garden, but I can’t say when that will be. Maybe by next year.’
Dubai already has two of the leading waterparks in the world, in Aquaventure and Wild Wadi. The Atlantis park, famed for its Leap of Faith, a 27.5m vertical plummet that shoots riders through a shark tank, is the largest of the two, while the latter in the shadow of Burj Al Arab more than holds it own; Jumeirah Sceirah's tandem tubes sends thrill-seekers down at 80km/h.
There's also Dreamland Aqua Park in Umm Al Quwain, which offers overnight camping, and Ras Al Khaimah's.
Despite being largely made up desesrt Dubai has more than its fair share of incredible water features, from the iconic Burj Khalifa fountains to the Dubai Mall waterfall. It remains to be seen if the new site will attempt to better, or even replicate the excellent offerings already around town.
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The Dubai Butterfly Garden is open now, with entry priced at Dhs50 per person. For more information, visit www.dubaibutterflygarden.com.