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- BURJ AL ARAB - WILD WADI AQUA PARK - JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL WS ATKINS CONSULTANTS LTD CONSULANTS FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
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Burj al Arab
Design Statement - Tom Wright Frequently Asked Q& A on Design Technical Detail - Fabric Wall Vital Statistics Technical Detail - Water Features Technical Detail - Concrete Engineering
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Jumeirah Beach Resort
Wild Wadi Water Park
WS Atkins was the lead consultant providing. The crowning glory is the Burj al Arab (Arabian Tower) completed in October 1999 and officially opened on 1st December 1999. design. and the tallest single structure hotel. and now has near 100% occupancy even through the ‘off peak’ season. it is different. a landmark tower hotel and a state of the art themed water park. it has taken design and technology forward into the next millennium. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel. previously unheard of in Dubai. Opened in July 1999 is thrilling locals and visitors alike. stylish.JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT In October 1993 WS Atkins began working on the Jumeirah Beach Resort project in Dubai. It looks set to take its place amongst the likes of Sydney Opera House & the Eiffel Tower as symbols of their countries. The scheme includes one of the world’s leading resort hotels. With International business accounting for 13 % of turnover at £54.1m. In its first year it had 80% occupancy. It is the 15th tallest building in the world. the first stage of the development. engineering and construction management. is a fully themed Arabic water park with some of the latest rides. 1 International Leisure attraction of the Year Award 1999” “Best New Business Hotel of the Year Award 1999”. WS Atkins have offices in over 25 countries and are involved in projects in over 60 countries throughout the world. forming a backdrop for international events such as the powerboating World Championships. The group has worked internationally for the past 30 years. Nearly half of our overseas business is in the Asian economies. The tower is already being covered in international media throughout the world. on the same site. 140 strong at its peak. Designed in the shape of a giant sail on a triangular plan it is stunning in its simplicity and clarity. The Wild Wadi Aquapark.4m. . all on one 65 acre site on the shores of the Arabian Gulf in Dubai.WS Atkins established a completely self-sufficient and fully resourced design and construction management office on the construction site. and 13% of operating profit at £3. slides and gismos in the entertainment industry. This extraordinary 321m tower is entirely unique in design. modern and vibrant. standing 300m out to sea on a man made island. was opened in November 1997. Designed in the shape of a breaking wave. unique and makes a strong statement about where Dubai is going and what it aims to be. fulfiling the clients brief for a landmark building in Dubai. With these astounding results. architecture. For the whole of the development. The design is intrinsic to the success of the resort. even before the opening of the landmark tower we feel that through our design and technical expertise creating this resort has led it to achieve a place on the International Tourist and Business map. the hotel has won: “The best International Hotel of the Year Award 1999” “No. and a quarter in the Middle East.
It's design was based on an Arabic children's story of Ocean bound traders discovering it's secluded oasis and nurturing it's flashflood potential for themed water and wave pool rides. with traditional use of timber and rope structures and a theatrical waterfall 'flood event' feature strongly in it's design. 28 no. a) A three storey Conference Centre offering 2500m² of function space with state of the art exhibition and banqueting facilities. Currently the tallest hotel in the world. with a rooftop bar for an additional 150 people. . A complex series of exhilarating inter-linked rides set in themed rockwork wadis. guestrooms and suites with a five star luxury rating. this hotel was designed to establish a world landmark and the ultimate in service. 3 No. sited in Arabic landscaped gardens. seven competition sized tennis courts and an adventure play area. richly decorated restaurants. In addition to its 9 No. small craft and facilities for 30m . breakwaters accommodating 50 No.The Resort was a phased development in three distinct parts. Full height atriums are enclosed by Teflon woven glass fibre curved walls. 1. 3) The Burj Al Arab is a super luxury 7 star All Suite hotel accommodating 202 No. 3 bedroom suites. It's total daily maximum capacity is 2500 people with concealed on-site car parking for 450 vehicles. each villa having its own private pool. patrons located on the furthest breakwater. d) A 53 hectare Marina enclosed by two No. Reef Aquariums accessible only via a submarine styled ride. g) A supervised "Kid's Club" ship play structure. e) A circular Marina Seafood Restaurant for 200 No. b) 19 No. Themed Bars and Restaurants it is surrounded by luxuriant landscaping with the following additional hotel facilities. 2) The Wild Wadi Aquapark (winner of the 1999 World Waterpark Association "Design and Theme" Award) features 22 No.1 hectares of Arabic themed heritage landscape. c) A Two storey Sports Centre / Health Suite with many varied facilities. 2. double storey floors. A dynamic shaped 26 storey curved plan and elevation structure. patrons for candle-lit sunset dining in a simple timber and barrasti structure amongst the modern architecture. With state of the art technology for guest interfaces. The hotel offers 3 No. Rides and Water Features in 3. 1) Jumeirah Beach Hotel (winner of the 1999 Conde Naste "Best Resort Hotel in the World") has all sea-view 600 No. swimming pools. a 27th floor Skyview Restaurant and a 1st floor All Day Dining Restaurant and an Underwater Restaurant housing a high density of indigenous fish in 1150m³ in 3 No. 93m high and 275m long was designed to represent "a breaking ocean wave". richly decorated Arabian Villas with a "six star" luxury rating. f) A Themed Beach Restaurant for 210 No. 321m high built on a man-made landscape island of the Jumeirah coastline.60m big berth mooring crafts.
BURJ AL ARAB .
The third side. Teflon coated woven glass fibre screen. the outer most tip of the island is almost 450 metres offshore.2 million square feet with 28 double height space floors. � Fitted with some of the fastest lifts in the world. gently curving road bridge. � Dicroyic lights illuminating the exterior of the Tower in varying colours throughout the night. � The gross area of the Tower is 1.The Arabian Tower The Arabian Tower forms the main focus of the Jumeirah Beach Resort Structure and Design: The Arabian Tower is a stunning Hotel built in the shape of a modern yacht sail to reflect Dubai’s seafaring heritage combined with a modern aspect moving forwards into the future. internet and video conferencing. inter-active TV. It is hoped that the unique shape of the building will make it stand out amongst world structures and allow it to become an icon for the developing Dubai. is enclosed by a double skinned. � The Tower is built 290 metres out to sea on a triangular.5 metres of open sea. � The mainly in-situ concrete structure. � Communication facilities range from digital telephone. each floor is 7m high. � The island is protected by special hollow concrete armour units. The design continues the nautical theme created by the Jumeirah Beach Hotel that is built in the form of a breaking wave. � The island itself is Linked to the mainland by a slender. � The Arabian Tower is 321 metres high and is the tallest stand-alone hotel structure in the world. man made. is triangular in plan founded on 250 concrete piles which penetrate the sea floor to a depth of more than 40 metres.Burj al Arab . facing the shore. � Where the bridge meets the island a animated display of water and fire greets the guest. the first time such technology has been used vertically in this form or to this extent. landscaped island with sides of 150 m in length built off the sea bed in 7. The units present a perforated sloping surface to the sea that absorbs the impact of the waves without throwing water onto the island. . � The accommodation wings enclose two sides of a huge triangular atrium that runs up the full height of the accommodation floors. the service lifts travel at a speed of 4 metres per second. � State of the art technology for guest interfaces and operational systems. whilst the panoramic lifts travel at a speed of 5 metres per second and the guest elevator at 7 metres per second. with exposed diagonal steel wind bracing.
HEALTH CLUB State of the art equipment and luxurious facilities for relaxation and exercising will be installed in the Health Suite. 2. Al Iwan Seaview Restaurant .The atrium is set to be the tallest atrium in the world at 182 metres high.1st Floor A 24 hour luxury lobby lounge and restaurant with views of the Arabian Gulf BANQUETING AND CONFERENCE CENTRE A fully equipped conference centre and banqueting facilities will be available for up to 200 guests. giant grouper. .Total number 3 Al Mahara Seafood Undersea Restaurant An undersea world experience incorporating more than 1000 cubic meters of sea water with large select specimens of rays. potatoe cod. 28. or reef sharks. jew fish and tropical species. (3 bed Grande). 6. sand tiger sharks. 4. soaring up the centre of the 'sail'. ROOMS .27th Floor The skyview restaurant is situated 200 metres above the sea and cantilevers 25 metres from the main hotel structure. 18.Total number. 2. Guests will be treated to a truly memorable and exciting experience as they approach this undersea restaurant Al Muntaha Skyview Restaurant . A separate gentleman's club includes Snooker and Billiard Tables. Separate facilities include swimming pools for ladies and men as well as mixed bathing. with a sumptuous health suite on the 18th floor and grand ballroom on top. 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 bed bed end suite bed deluxe bed bed bed special bed grand (whole top floor) RESTAURANTS . 202 202 duplex suites with a mixture of 1. (1 Bed) to 780m sq. An elegant fine dining restaurant seating approximately 110 guests with dancing and a cocktail lounge affording magnificent panoramic views over Dubai and beyond. 142.2 and 3 bedrooms with floor areas of between 169m sq.
This mixed with Dubai's nautical heritage it seemed an appropriate shape. What makes a building symbolic? We looked at the other building in the world that are symbols to see what they had in common. As there is only sand to hold the building up the columns rely on friction. Are there any unusual materials used in the building? The screen that encloses the third side of the atrium is made of 1mm thick glass fibre fabric with a Teflon coat to stop the dirt sticking. The diagonal trusses on the side of the building are as long as a football pitch and weigh as much as 20 double-decker busses. If it was on shore it would block the sun on the beach in the middle of the day. If one man was to build the building himself it would take about 8.000 years to finish. Why did you make the building look like a giant sail? Dubai is becoming a world resort location so the building had to say holiday. They were built 15 KM from the site and brought by road on huge 80 wheel lorries which had to be specially imported from South Africa. fun and sophistication all things associated with yachting. The building is supported on 250 1. . which is unusual as most tall building are founded on rock. Sidney has it's Opera House and New York has the Statue of Liberty so Dubai would also have a building that people would associate with the place. The highest truss took a day to lift into place. It looks like a sail / boat.Frequently Asked Q & A on the design of Burj Al Arab by Tom Wright.5M diameter columns that go 45 meters under the sea.. We found that they were all totally unique in shape and they all have a simple easily recognisable form. We decided that the test to determine if a building is symbolic is if you can draw it in 5 seconds and every one recognises it. The screen is the largest of it's type and covers an area of one and a half football pitch and is hung from the top of the building by over a kilometre of 52mm cable. Other amazing facts. Design Director What was the brief for the building? The client asked us to design a building that would become a symbol for Dubai.. Why is the building out to sea? It helps it's uniqueness. Does the building stand on rock? The building is built on sand.
and are aligned with the vertical geometry of the building. This enables the building to ‘breath’ under wind loads and avoids the exertion of large horizontal loads on the relatively weak bedroom structures. The macaloy bars are anchored at level 1 to a substantial entrance girder which is tied to the lower basement structure. The double-curved membrane panels so formed are able to take positive wind pressures by spanning from truss to truss and negative wind pressures by spanning sideways. . The membrane is constructed from 2 skins of PTFE coated fibreglass separated by an air gap of approximately 500mm and pre-tensioned over a series of trussed arches.Technical Details FABRIC ATRIUM WALL by David Dexter The solution to overcome the complex 3-dimensional shape of the hotel atrium wall whilst maintaining the overall sail-like form of the building was to provide a series of shaped membrane panels that could be pattered to the defined geometry. Girders at these floors transfer the load to the core structures. The resulting form is entirely appropriate for the building and its function with the fabric reducing solar gain into the atrium and providing an effective diffused light quality. These bars are then pre-tensioned to ensure that the whole structure remains in tension. The trussed arches which can extend out from the supports by up to 13 metres are supported vertically at the 18th and 26th floors by a series of 52mm diameter cross-braced macaloy bars. These arches span up to 50 metres between the outer bedroom wings of the hotel which frame the atrium. It is also appropriate for the Middle-East region where its predicted lifespan and self-cleansing qualities should resist the aggressive environment. An expansion joint is provided for the full height of the building on the right hand side of the wall. Additional cables have been provided running on the surface of the fabric to reduce the deflection of the membrane.
room for 110 seated guests � Weight of helicopter that can land on the pad 7.5m x 2. Heights � Height of atrium 182M � Height of helipad from sea 212m � Height of top of accommodation from island. 780 sqM ... number 164.000m3 …. The island is 7. but our Atrium is 180.700m sq x 2 � The height of the fabric wall above ground level is approximately 182m but this includes the entrance gazed wall.5m high and has a volume of 285.000m below sea level. 27th Floor (Skyview) is 197.5m above DMD.5M deep � SHED hollow armour units surround the island � Length of biggest truss 85m � Weight of biggest truss 165t � Cantilever of sky view restaurant 27m & 1.000sqM � 28 double height floors 7M floor to floor height � Largest atrium in the world.5M � Depth of lowest basement under sea..000 sqM � Total volume of concrete in the superstructure 36. 8. � Length of piles 45M � Number of piles 230 � Diameter of piles 1. � Maximum load of cranes 760 mt � Were they the biggest of their type � Area of fabric. which is 3. B3 is -5. We don't know.BURJ AL ARAB VITAL STATISTICS Construction sequence of the island � Ring of steel sheet piles.5m above DMD.3m x 2. Hung by cables from the 18th & 26th floors � Diameter of cables 52mm � Total length of cables 1 km � Number of suites 202 � Size / types of suites One bed. Therefore the Skyview is 190m above the top of the island. The glass wall height is approximately 14m � Width of fabric up to 50m � Thickness of fabric 1mm thick with 500mm air gap � Number of fabric trusses 12 trusses not including level 26. 415 sqM Three bed number 10...5m and tapers to the top of mast. 169 sqM Two bed number 28.000 sqM � Total tonnage of steel 9200 tonnes � Gross area of building 120.5m Amazing facts continue.tallest building in the world � Number of restaurants 3 � Length of mast 60m � Size of mast plan bottom of mast is 5.7m deep � Size of sky view restaurant 1000 m sq.5 tonnes � Maximum sway at top of accommodation 300 mm � 50 year wind is 45 mps/mph � Total volume of concrete on the island 33. � Number of large cranes used in construction 3. � Height of top of mast from island 321M Dimensions � Distance of building off shore 450 M to the outer point of the island 270M off shore � Size of island 150M per side � Sea 7. it is BIG!!! � Tallest hotel in the world � 15th….000 below DMD (Dubai Mean Datum) ie 7.
single touch night light system from bedroom to bathroom. . Electronically controlled curtains. telephones. 54" plasma TV and surround sound Home Theatre system. scanner. and an elliptical cascade element centred in the vehicular loop. incorporating a variety of exciting water. portable touch screen controller for all room entertainment. interactive TV. curtains and information systems. fax. Running through the long axis of the ellipse.Unsual Equipment � Unsual equipment in one bed suite. The perimeter of the top of the cascade is dressed in a tightly spaced ring of kinetic jets MicroShooters® . DVD player. � Number of construction staff on site at peak . mirror on ceiling above bed. These are powerful water jets capable of achieving great height.000 years (poor old chap!) � 350 man years to design and construction manage � total site area excluding the tower island 12. printer. wall mounted body jets in the shower. Whirlpool spa bath. fire and lighting displays. All of these richly choreographic displays are internally illuminated in white or coloured lights at night. offering spatial definition to the space. 9 No.2 million sq ft People � Number of Atkins staff on site at peak 150. video conference facilities. Door intercom & video camera display on room TV. These intermingling water and fire displays are a totally new and exciting centrepiece in the design. Lifts speeds � Service � Wall climber � Passenger 4 M per sec 5 M per sec 7 M per sec 9 MPH 11 MPH 16 MPH Plan � Total number of floors in the building 56 storey � 28 double height space floors 7m high � Size of tower in plan gross area 1.000 � How many man years to construct (ie how long for one man alone in years) 8. � Unusual equipment in best suite: Video on Demand. architectural forms that work in concert each half-hour to produce a rhythmic pattern of powerful rising spherical balls of burning flame. digital telephone. Peak labour force for overall project 4. The core of the plan is occupied by a cluster of MiniShooters®. addressing both the hotel and the bridge approach are a row of WETFire ® nozzles. Toshiba Satellite notebook computer. The concept is comprised of two major components: two pairs of monumental fire towers frame a "gateway" into the arrival court. Overflowing water sparkles white in the sunlight as it skips down the stepped slope of its granite walls. The fire towers are abstract. internet & video conferencing…. 2 minibars.25 hectares Design Overview of the External Water Features The external fire and water features are associated with the arrival experience starting at the approach bridge across to the manmade island site of the Burj Al Arab Hotel. light projector clock. The central ellipse is set in an elegant circular blue granite pool. lighting scene dimmer system.
each pair designed to collide creating a bright "spark" effect as the fibre optic light disperses at the intersection point. white fibre optic lit water arches (Leap Frogs)® that surround a gently sloped bowl of multi coloured crushed glass aggregate. The feature comprises controlled falls of water over the diamond tiers of glass aggregate onto inclined grooved green/grey granite slabs. Light and movement are combined with the sound of the impacting water streams. Periodically. The feature contains 24 pairs of coloured fibre optic lit Leapfrogs ® . parts of the sequence sound like a chorus of hand clapped rhythms.Design Overview of the Internal Water Features The Atrium Water Feature This feature is conceived as a water sculpture that visually engages the visitors to the hotel. smaller "Minishooters® forms the central focus of this feature. The "spark" is further highlighted by dimmable coloured uplighting. The HyperShooter® is adjustable to project the water column to a maximum height of 50m up into the atrium space. The Cascade Water Feature This is a spectacular waterfall descending a total height of seven metres. Escalators that link the Ground and First floors. the laminar streams create water arches in interlaced geometries. the HyperShooter ® erupts from the shallow pool to a height of thirty metres. as part of the choreographic sequence. Even when viewed from high above at the top of the Atrium. like an in door geyser. Arising from the bowl and encircling the sloped plane. the waterfall is dramatic both visually and kinetically. In fact. A powerful column of water. combine with a stimulating light show to create the ultimate 'wow' factor on first entry into Atrium Lobby. Illuminated by both uplights and white fibre optic lights. which create a shimmering water skin as a back drop to the active laminar stream presentations on each level. Centrally placed within the atrium space. split into unequal height steps. the water feature is circular in form and is composed of 24 No. The sloped plane of the catchment bowl terminates at a shallow pool in the centre of the feature. . contained in eighty varying sizes of diamond shaped water catchment tray. adding to the ambience and interest created in the vast space of the Atrium Lobby. This energetic column of water shatters into a myriad of sparkling droplets and is illuminated by a ring of white uplights. the HyperShooter ® is surrounded by 6 No. In plan Fan shaped in plan and located between the 2 No. The use of brightly coloured crushed glass aggregate. increasing down the down the slope to create a three dimensional elliptical surface. these water streams create crystalline water arches within the Atrium space. the colour and light of the features form a delightful pattern and focal point for the whole space. Operation of both features is computer controlled to choreograph an array of different sequences and patterns of the display.
WILD WADI WATER PARK .
500 guests per day. first aid � Children's pool and play area � Shaded picnic areas arranged on paired lounger decks around lazy river � Resort Hotel entrance pavilion � Park management / administration areas . designed to give the guest the experience of a lifetime in a world away from reality. Area Built on a total area of 4 hectares. with a narrow wadi leading through to a lagoon. and the Chalet Park.1 hectares. which meant that the area was prone to flash floods. Freshwater streams cascaded from lofty outcrops of rock set amid lush groves of succulent date and coconut palms.Towel dispense.000 visitors during the first year. Design and Architecture Wild Wadi is a fully themed entertainment water park. The storm lasted for three whole days and everyone thought it would never stop. the aqua park consists of 3. the style and concept of which has never before been seen in the Middle East. the dhow crewmen created sophisticated tunnels and slides among the streams. Wild Wadi contains a constant 6. The aqua park consists of interconnecting flume rides transporting guests around the park on rubber rings within an entirely themed environment. the last of the Knights Errant. on a four hectare plot located next to The Jumeirah Beach Hotel. and expects to have in excess of 400. and invited all the children forever more to come and play in their water haven.9 hectares. Further exploration revealed the oasis was surrounded by mountains. were returning from their voyages to the Far East when they were caught in a terrible storm in the middle of the Arabian Sea. The Legend of Wild Wadi The famous seafarer Sinbad and Juha.The Arabian Tower .Wild Wadi Water Park Winner of the 1999 World Waterpark Association “Design and Theme” Award The Wild Wadi aqua park forms part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort development. The aqua park has a total capacity of 2. so that they could enjoy a series of fast flowing rides and waterfalls. with 21 self-contained luxury chalets 0. reception. Encouraged by the children. 1000 persons � Ancillary guest facilities . And so it came to pass that Sinbad and his companions constructed a new life for themselves in this garden of pleasure. Yet at the end of the third night Sinbad and his companions awoke to find that their dhow had been washed up on a tropical paradise which took their breath away.75 million litres of fresh water. and the access road to Burj Al Arab . Facilities � Ground level VIP reception / administration � Retail shop and associated store area � Two Food and Beverage outlets and associated backup areas � Car parking for 450 vehicles � Public Guest changing / locker facility for approx.
fast streams of water are driven over curved foam surfaces creating two perfect surfing waves. � One uphill and one downhill family tube rides .the largest wave pool in the Middle East producing waves of over 1. Water Features � 'Flashflood' waterfall wadi feature. � Eight Master Blaster uphill roller coaster rides. In Wild Wadi it will take about 45 minuets to do a complete circuit.Themed Rides and Water Features Rides Wild Wadi is a unique aquapark. enabling ride speeds in excess of 70KPH thus becoming the fastest speed slide in the Middle East.the first of its kind in the Middle East.5 metres in height in eight different configurations . Wild Wadi is the first aquapark in the world to link chains of rides together so the guest never leaves the water. this 150 metre canyon is prone to sudden bursts of fast-moving water which create standing waves. A once hour spectacular event that brings together water. the first of their kind in the Middle East. � Body-board 'Point Break' Flow Rider and Body-board 'Beach Break' Flow Rider . light and sound and simulates a wadi flood.with attached children's wave pool . � Six downhill ring rides � One triple drop speed slide -dropping 32 metres.again the first of this size in the Middle East. capable of taking four people in one raft. the philosophy of 'enjoyed immersion'.both the first to be seen in the Middle East. � Action River pulse wave. this is the highest slide outside North America. ranging between four and five metres wide.585 metres in length. � Wave Pool . taking the guest on a non-stop journey around the lower areas of the aqua park. � Lazy River . In a normal aquapark the guest climbs to the top of the ride waits for perhaps 20 minutes then has a half-minute ride. and between three and four metres wide. With the aid of Master Blaster uphill water rides the Wild Wadi guest is taken to the top of the rides in the water.
the aptly-titled tunnel of Doom which takes you on a spine-tingling journey of twists and turns underground. on which thrill seekers can surf a tube wave nearly three metres high. the impromptu waterfall has dried to a trickle and soon peace is restored in Wild Wadi. more than 40.MORE ON WILD WADI Wild Wadi is more than just a fairy tale. The time. . An integral feature of the Jumeirah Beach Resort. 24 mechanical rooms . a research team from Dubai toured the most popular water parks in the United States. Minutes later the rain has stopped. lightening flashes. spacious changing facilities. Leftover credits are refunded on departure or retained on the wristband for use next time.000 cubic metres of concrete. thunder cracks and the stream becomes a raging waterfall surging across the wadi plain. this breath taking 12 acre 'fun paradise' is yet further proof of the emirates growth as an international tourist destination. As well as being the. Slowly the rain becomes heavier. Instead of paying with money.5km of buried pipework. Then there is a distant roll of thunder followed by the first spots of light rain. However the parks most innovative feature is its novel access system. Wild Wadi is in every sense a world beating Water Park.000 plants. Four years ago. From its inter-connected rides to the painstaking details of its themeing and design.and no less than 7. South Africa and the Far East and devised a radically different concept for a new water park. 6. There is even an ATM cash dispenser. last word in family entertainment. No stone has been left unturned in their attempt to devise a completely new entertainment experience. At first the sound of insects and the piercing cries of wild birds break the silence. meaning that thrill seekers of all ages can experience one adrenaline rush after another without ever leaving the water.000 workers were employed in what was truly an international construction effort that began in June 1997. Dubai's ground breaking water park may resemble an unspoilt tropical oasis but it also boasts a full range of modern facilities. Nearly 3. including a 450 capacity car ark. the tallest and fastest free fall ride outside the United States. visitor can enter the park and buy services using electronic credits stored on a special waterproof wristband. and the Summit Surge which uses high powered water jets to transport up to four people at a time uphill. Suddenly the heavens open.500 tonnes of steel reinforcements. effort and resources spent creating a state of the art water park in an authentic Wadi setting are staggering. 800 cubic metres of timber. it stands as one of the best water parks ever designed. located 20 minutes drive from the centre of Dubai. Wild Wadi's designers pride themselves on having thought of virtually everything. Wild Wadi breaks new ground in that 16 of its 24 pulsating rides are interconnected. two fast food restaurants and its own shop. Wild Wadi contains some 50. Europe. 150 sets of pumping equipment. 80km of rope. The vast majority of the rides at wild Wadi have never been built before in the Middle East. The wipe-out flow rider is another Middle Eastern first. Wild Wadi represents an architectural and engineering masterpiece. the clap of thunder nearer and a steady stream of water starts to flow down the cliff face of the wadi entrance.all completely hidden from view . Rides like the Jumeirah Sceirah.
while lifeguards and trained supervisors ensure that the park's safety regulations are observed at all times. Smaller more frequent floods can also be operated in tandem with other attractions at the park. Daredevils brave enough to give it a try. The tallest and fastest speed slide in the Middle East. Master Blasters defy gravity. Summit Surge shoots riders to a pool area uphill. a short by no means sweet ring ride of 58m. and arguably the best. while concealed pumping equipment connected to an underground reservoir flood the wadi plain with as much as 70 cubic metres of water during the seven minute display. producing a realistic wave effect ideal for body boarding. From here. clamber up a spiral staircase to reach its blue and gold domed summit before plunging an incredible 27m in a series of peaks and troughs. Each ride is clearly signposted and described in both English and Arabic. propelling riders in an inflatable ring up a swell as down thanks to a series of high-powered water jets. which snakes 192m from the lazy river known as Juha's Journey to a shallow water pool nearly 15m higher up the park. Devised by the maverick American lawyer/self confessed surf fanatic Thomas Lochtefeld.1m. the Jumeirah Sceirah is strictly for the fearless. including two family versions that can take up to four people at a time. the Wipeout Flow Rider is an adrenalin rush not to be missed. they can also play in the Breakers Bay wave pool and in the park's Lazy River Juha's Journey.Wadi Wash. The longest. One of only four such rides in the world. Instead of a minimum age requirement. The longest ride is called Flood River Flyer. before plunging its swimmers into Juha's journey. There are 10 Master Blasters at Wild Wadi. all the main rides and attractions at Wild Wadi carry a height requirement of 1. Simply garb a flow rider board and jump on. . from where Rushdown Ravine takes them on a 170m white knuckle ride back to where they started. The Family Master Blasters at Wild Wadi work in a loop. Providing a parent accompanies them. thrill seekers have a choice . is one of the main attractions at Wild Wadi and runs each evening. Besides Master Blasters. is the Tunnel of Doom which spirals 109m. the Wipeout works by shooting out more than seven tonnes of water per second in a thin sheet across a moulded foam structure. The 100m long Flying Falls also lives upto its name as does Falcon Fury. mostly in total darkness underground. Flow Riders and the Jumeirah Sceirah. It works on the same principle as its sister ride but is designed to produce a flatter wave that is easier to surf. knee boarding or proper surfing. sprinkler systems simulate rainfall. wild Wadi has six more familiar ring rides. So fast is your descent that you even experience a sense of weightlessness. The riptide flow rider nearby is an ideal warm up before venturing onto the Wipeout. hitting a top speed of more than 80 kph along the way.they can take a water slide back down to Juha's Journey or enjoy two more Master Blasters even higher up the park. Youngsters unable to swim are allowed to play in the children's pool by Juhas dhow. a choreographed sound light and water show. Hidden speakers and strobe lights provide the sound and lightening effects.
are pumped around the park every hour. while Julshan's Kitchen is the port of call for visitors near the entrance of the park. serving burgers. virtually all the water used at wild Wadi is recycled. including White Water Wadi. requiring four megawatts of electricity. strategically positioned Wadi's and rocky channels. Food can be eaten throughout Wild Wadi. As well as buying entrance and paying for your food. they can also be used to secure your locker in the parks changing rooms. the Flood River Flyer races above Flood River creating an exhilarating waterfall effect. get decidedly choppy when the Pulse Wave is activated. A number of picnic tables are dotted around the park. hot dogs. pizzas. drinks and gifts from Souk Al Wadi. Further out to sea. a fast food restaurant ingeniously crafted out of the dhows rescued sails and crow's nest. Special fogging systems also help to maintain an ambient temperature in some of the busiest areas of the park. The Pulse Wave runs as often as every 15 minutes at Wild Wadi and can be operated to coincide with the Wild Wadi Wash display. enough power to light 200.5m in height. As the name suggests. The children's pool area is equipped with several water cannons. 10 in all. creating a high swell that sweeps the length of the River. which meanders 485m around the breakers Bay wave pool and Shahbanbar's Souk. Conditions on the 170m Flood River. shwarmas and sandwiches. A massive body of water surges from an underground reservoir. An incredible 50. Breakers Bay wave pool has room for more than 600 swimmers. The creators of Wild Wadi have transformed the shallow lagoon where Juha's dhow ran aground into a paradise for youngsters. Water is quite simply everywhere at Wild Wadi. which is why the water park has two fats food restaurants. as well as ice creams and a wide choice of soft drinks. water is used to irrigate Wild Wadi's 40. Flood River Flyer and the Tunnel of Doom. a Catherine wheel and a barrel shower. across a narrow sandbank shaded by palm trees. As well as powering the park's 24 rides. The longest is Juha's Journey. while Juha's abandoned dhow home is home to three children's slides. The largest wave pool in the Middle East.000 plants and cool its rocky pathways during the hot summer months. each 1m deep. Yet thanks to an ingenious system of more than two dozen waterfalls.000 cubic metres of water. of the Wild Wadi legend. . Breakers Bay produces parallel and crossing waves in 10 different patterns up to 1. as well as travelling a short distance underground. The water parks ingenious wristbands are themed on the characters. the equivalent of 30 million one-litre bottles. The thrills and spills at Wild Wadi are bound to leave you with an appetite. where visitors can enjoy a leisurely swim or sunbathe while drifting in inflatable rings.000 light bulbs. French fries. Wild Wadi is the world's first theme park to use a cashless access system.Besides daredevil rides. which flows around a secluded island located at the centre of the Water Park. Wild Wadi has two temperature controlled river courses. Sinbads Galley caters for hungry shipmates around breakers bay. while Julshan's kitchen has its own shaded viewing area with tables for more than 100 dinners. Juha's Journey is also the entry and exit point for a number of Wild Wadi's best rides. Overlooking the fun and games is Sinbads's Gallery. Thunder Rapids. technology first pioneered at ski resorts in Austria.
largely to 'theme away' the metal work of Wild Wadi's rides.Hidden away inside the towering walls of the Wadi entrance are two communal changing rooms. Low voltage lighting is also standard. Virtually all the modern technology and modern materials are hidden from view. Safety As well as employing expert personnel. with the names of their contents scrawled in Arabic and Hindi. specially selected for their size and colour. A host of antique artefacts. and water spays cool rocky pathways. from money chests to picture frames. fruit boxes are piled high around the Souk. 'weathered' with cut marks to resemble driftwood. have been used throughout the park. In order to accommodate thousands of visitors.000 square metres of imitation rock work at |Wild Wadi.500 lockers. were also brought in from the region to help build authentic wadi streams and waterfalls. Shahbanbar's Souk. simply cash in the remaining credits on your wristband at any cash register in the park or retain the band until your next visit. while safe alternatives for breakable materials such as glass have been used in the construction of the park. Although Wild Wadi is a mass of sophisticated engineering. For added authenticity. Eight hundred cubic metres of African teak. There is also an information desk and a lost property counter. and to secure the park's countless timber structures. Regulation height barriers and non-slip surfaces feature throughout. the creators of Wild Wadi have ensured that the park itself. Pebbles. When it is time to leave. themed shading and more than 400 palm trees protect swimmers against the sun. Where ever you go at Wild Wadi the feeling of having just stepped back in time still prevails. To guarantee Wild Wadi's rigorous safety standards are maintained an independent team of experts inspects the park four times a year.000 square metres of grass. including all 24 of its rides. Design A team of architects studied rock formations in the UAE's Hajar mountains to assist with the design of no less than 11. Wild Wadi has also been planted with 3. with booths and a total of 2. Wild Wadi features more than 40. overlooking the Breakers Bay wave pool is perhaps Wild Wadi's best example of themed design. Fishermen were also recruited from India to bind mile upon mile of rope into nets and bridges.000 plants from local date palms to exotic flowers imported from the Far East. To avoid long queues the park has a total of eight entry gates where visitors pick up their wristbands before heading straight to the changing rooms. rocks and cobbles. meets the most exacting safety standards world wide. Complementing its tropical theme. Wild Wadi is cleverly laid out with plenty of illustrated maps and signposts. . are on display.
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