The Beaches and Water Park of Dubai

In the past 3 decades, Dubai has transformed itself from a humble fishing village into a hustling, bustling place of many wonders complete with world famous beaches and a water park. Its location couldn't be better, situated midway between Europe and Asia and no more than an 8 hour direct flight from most locations. Dubai's unique blend of tourist paradise with modern business center truly offers something for everyone. From the peace and tranquility of the desert sands to the lively nightlife of the city, there are pleasures to be found around every corner.

The emirate of Dubai includes a varied choice of scenery within a small area. While in Dubai you can visit rugged mountains and historic houses with wind towers in the morning and high-fashion shopping malls and a beach resort at night. All in the same day.

Beaches in DubaiJumeirah Beach and HotelCredit: Wikimedia Commons

Jumeirah Beach and Al Mamzar Park Beach

Directly on the Arabian Gulf and flanked by private clubs and hotels, Jumeirah Beach is the most popular beach of Dubai. Al Mamzar Beach is on the Deira side of the Creek. Located in the park, the facilities include picnic areas and playgrounds. Dubai beaches offer soft white sand and the warm, shallow water of the Arabian Sea. With the desert climate, people flock to the beaches in the milder winter months.

For the beginner surfer, there really isn't a better place to take out the surfboard than the beaches of Dubai. The small waves rise to a maximum height of 8 feet, making it ideal for the untried surfer. Another big plus is that the sea has no threatening sea life to worry about. The only downside to surfing in Dubai is that a professional and seasoned surfer will find the sea unchallenging. Winter is the best surfing season.

Two notes of warning though for tourists. The first is that while swimwear is expected on the beach, you will want to bring a change of clothes for when you leave the beach. The second is that alcohol is not permitted in public places in Dubai, so don't expect to find any beachside bars. There aren't any.

DubDubai Water Park: Wild WadiCredit: Wikimedia Commonsai Water Park: Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi, the Dubai water park, is sure to be fun for everyone from toddlers to extreme sports enthusiasts. The park is open all year long, although closing times vary with the season. Being a family oriented park, the general park is smoke-free with only 3 designated smoking areas for those who can't go all day without their nicotine fix. Also, because of the family atmosphere, proper attire must be worn at all times, including the locker rooms.

The park divides its rides into four classifications: Kid's Friendly Fun, Relaxing Fun, Waves of Fun, and Daring Fun.

Kid's Friendly Fun

For families with smaller children, a sure family pleaser is Juha's Dhow and Lagoon. This family area features over 100 water activities designed especially for the little ones. Five bright, colorful slides (two of them are enclosed) add excitement and adventure, while water guns and a large dumping bucket simply add to the fun of getting wet.

Relaxing Fun

There are two main attractions in this category. While both can be enjoyed by all members of the family, they are very different in scope. The first, Juha's Journey, is a 360-metre long lazy river. The river flows with a gentle current and can provide a relaxing break in the day's water adventures.

The second ride, Flood River, is a little more adventurous. While all ages are allowed on Flood River, parents should remain with their children at all times. This is because of the unexpected deluges of water that create unannounced river rapids and waves. Lifejackets are free for all who request them.

Daring Fun

For the more daring in the family (and those taller than 1.1 metres), there are the Master Blasters, a series of rides that are a type of water roller coaster, and Tantrum Alley, downhill waterslides with exciting tornadoes ending in a screaming splashdown in the pool.

Also in this category is the Burj Surj, where a park visitor can enjoy a terrific birds-eye view of Dubai. This ride sends travelers on a tube down 2 large sections of waterslides into a very large 'bowl'. After whizzing around the bowl the riders are dropped into the slide with an ending splashdown in the pool.

Waves of Fun

This is another classification that is steeply divided into two very different attractions. The first, Breaker's Bay, is a family attraction for all ages. Breaker's Bay is the largest wave pool in the Middle East. Again, Lifejackets are provided for free upon request.

The second attraction in this division of rides is the Wipeout and Riptide FlowRiders. This attraction boasts to offer the ultimate in surfing experience. There are only 4 rides like this in the entire world. The Wipeout shoots out over 7 tons of water per second, which produces a very real seeming wave effect perfect for knee-boarding or body-boarding. Guests must meet the 1.1 metre height restriction for this attraction.

Wild Wadi Restaurants

  • Julshan's Kitchen and Sinbad's Galley: These two main restaurants serve fast food such as burgers, fries, pasta, pizza, salads, etc.
  • Ali's BBQ: Also serves great grilled food including kebabs and footlong hotdogs.
  • Leila's Stand: For the healthy option menu. Serves manakish, gourmet sandwiches, etc. This restaurant is by the Riptide Flowrider, so why not cool down with a ice cream and watch the fun?
  • Leila's Oasis: Serves fruit, juices, and smoothies.
  • Shahbandar's Cafe: Serves fast snacks. Nachos, milkshakes, popcorn, etc.

Dubai WeatherWind Tower in DubaiCredit: Wikimedia Commons

Expect to find a hot and arid desert climate. Summers in Dubai can be brutally hot with an average temperature of 42 degrees C (108 degrees F) and nightly lows down to only 29C or 84F. Dubai's high humidity level can make their summers extremely uncomfortable for many tourists. Winters are another story. Warm with night temperatures in the high 50's rising up to the mid-70's during the day, winters are very inviting in Dubai.