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Sheikh Mohammed:  Dubai needs more beachfront property.

Answer:  Just make it!

That’s what they’ve done in Dubai.  By dredging sand from the ocean, they’ve created island communities for houses, apartments, hotels, and retail.

Satellite view of Dubai - from left to right, you see the Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, The World, and Palm Deira.

Satellite view of Dubai – from left to right, you see the Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, The World, and Palm Deira.

Today we visited Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm Hotel on Palm Jumeirah.

From Nathan:  We went down the Leap of Faith. It was a four-story slide.  Mom’s face was very funny, because she was screaming.  I did not scream.  Other than that,  the waterpark was mostly slides that were all almost the same.  I think Wild Waldi was better because 1) the park keep the walkways wet so your feet didn’t get burned, 2) the water was cooler, 3) there was a bigger variety of slides, 4)  food was cheaper, and 5) Aidan got pooped on by a bird.

From Aidan:  It takes about five minutes to walk up the stairs to Leap of Faith.  You get on and all of the sudden, you just go straight down.  I think my mom almost had a heart attack when she went down.  All the other slides were kinda lame compared to Leap of Faith.

Travel TipTravel Tip 30:  If you only can choose one, go with Wild Wadi.

Wild Wadi and Aquaventure have different feels.  Wild Wadi is older but has a wider array of slides and better services (like being able to charge food on your wristband so that you’d don’t have to carry wet cash).  Ticket and food prices are less expensive at Wild Wadi.  But if you’d like to see the Palm Jumeirah, Aquaventure is a good excuse to go.

From Nathan:  The temperature was 102-degrees Fahrenheit, but it felt hotter.  I was very tired after the park, because of fatigue from the sun.  Even the water in the pools and Arabian Sea was abnormally  hot.