There’s a new waterpark opening in Dubai, and we can’t wait to snatch up our trunks and cozzies and propel ourselves headfirst down those slides.
Laguna Waterpark is swinging open its gates in May 2018 to a labyrinth of waterslides, a surf machine, raft rides, a lazy river and more – and residents will pay just Dhs99 for the pleasure.
The park will be situated at La Mer, with a day pass allowing visitors to come and go as they please, meaning you can have a gander around the rest of the beach resort while building up some courage to face the waterslide complex.
Thrill-seekers can get their fix with five daring slides snaking their way from the slide tower, including The Mantra, Constrictor, The Loop, Freefall and Mad Racer, if you think you’re hard enough.
The waterpark is split into four zones – Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash – as well as a pool lounge, a lazy river, food kiosks and a merchandise store.
The WaveOz 180 FloRider – also known as The Ultimate Surf Machine – is basically a massive wave-generating water tank and is currently the only one of its kind in the GCC and one of only three in the entire world.
There’s also a children’s zone with a splash pad for children up to four years old and AquaPlay Rainfortress for children aged four to 12 years old.
There’s also a tipping bucket using 3,800 litres of water per swill to soak expectant guests – that’s the equivalent of 44 tubs of bathwater, but cleaner.
We’re especially looking forward to the Aquadrop, where the rider plummets at 61.2km per second into waters below. That’s faster than a leopard running full pelt, and about the speed we’ll be making our way to La Mer.
Dhs99 (residents, online), Dhs125 (residents, at the gate), Dhs159 (non-residents), free (children under two years old). Open daily 10am-dusk. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, www.lagunawaterpark.com.