Dubai is a sauna. Every day, it’s been over 100-degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so hot that when you walk outside, it takes a few seconds to catch your breath. The weather is a good excuse to go to a water park.
No matter which waterpark you go to in Dubai, go when it opens and hit the major slides first. By late morning, the parks are packed.
From Nathan: Wild Wadi Waterpark was great. It had lots of slides that had many funnels and turns. The coolest ride was a slide that propelled you up, and then it took you down a pitch black, winding slide. The funniest highlight was when a bird pooped on Aidan. The poop was all over Aidan’s back, and some even got in his hair!
From Aidan: Today while we were sitting at Wild Wadi eating lunch, I felt a splat on my back. I told Mom that I thought someone threw something at me. I turned around. Mom saw that I had bird poop on me. A bird had pooped on my head! We went to the locker room. I used all the soap that the shower had. I felt a little better. When we got back, I took 2 more showers.
(Note: Aidan did find the equivalent of $40 on the following day. Maybe getting pooped on is lucky after all!)
One of the best vantage points to get photos of Burj al Arab, the world’s tallest hotel – not to mention the only 7-star hotel in the world – is from Wild Wadi. Because I didn’t want to get it wet or stolen, I didn’t bring my camera. I wish that I had. You can keep it (or your camera phone) in a locker when you’re not using it.
Rooms start at $2000/night. And you can’t just walk in for a peek. You either have to be a guest or have a reservation for lunch/tea/dinner. Just for tea, it’s about $78/person!
If you want the back story on the Burj al Arab, watch the Discovery Channel’s Superstructures episode that highlights the hotel. Super interesting.
I took these photos of the hotel later in the week.