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Signature rides include Dawwama – the first and longest hydromagnetic-powered tornado in the world, Bubbles’ Barrel – the world’s largest surfable sheet wave, Falcon’s Falaj – the Middle East’s longest water slide and Liwa Loop – the region’s first and only high-intensity looping waterslide. Other rides and attractions expected to be especially popular include Qaryat Al Jewana Village with its traditional souq-like architecture, the adrenaline-pumping Slither’s Slides – a maze of 6 slides, tunnels, twists, turns, rattle areas and giant snake heads, and Bandit Bomber – the region’s longest suspended rollercoaster and the very first to feature onboard water and laser special effects.
Al Ain’s stunning new attractions
The UAE has always defied odds to offer the tourist the most unbelievable entertainment and adventure sports in its desert environment. Notable among which is SkiDubai. Now it’s beautiful garden city of Al Ain it presents the new Wadi Adventure, the
It features three white water channels for rafting and kayaking; namely Green, Blue and the grade 4 river with around 13,000 obstacles Black run, with a combined length of 1,113 meters. Wadi Adventure is the place for surfers from all over the Middle East to team up at the 127 m long surf pool and driven by over 3 meter high breaking barrel waves that will be generated every 90 seconds. Ideal for free surfing, body boarding, knee boarding, kite boarding; the list stretches.
The park also features an aerial adventure course which includes: A 18 obstacle two leveled Air Park [where the only goal is to get around the course without falling off the obstacles], a 14m high Zip Line [zip 200 meters over channels and lakes], Climbing Wall [with auto belay systems and different challenges/levels] and a 45 feet high Giant Swing [free fall while attached to a giant log]. It has shaded and temperature controlled pools for kids and on Tuesday’s at Wadi Adventure is fully operated by female staff as its Ladies’ Night. It also offers lessons for groups or on a one on one basis with professional instructors.
Founded in 1968 by the late HH Sheikh Zayed, in his favourite emirate Al Ain, is its must-see attraction, the sprawling Al Ain Zoo, a family destination, with over 4,300 animals that offers entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. Home to an internationally important conservation programme focusing on the wildlife of the world’s arid regions, it is involved in conservation research, captive breeding and propagation and the reintroduction of threatened species to their wild habitats with its collection of desert antelopes recognized as among the best in the world. In March, the zoo welcomed the birth of five Arabian sand gazelles.
Bird lovers will be excited to know that the zoo announced the addition of two Kori Bustards to the Spoonbill Aviary, further complimenting the zoo’s collection of over 300 birds encompassing more than 25 different species. four Eland antelopes, a spiral-horned antelope that lives in the savannah and plains of East and Southern Africa and the largest antelope in the African continent, to the diverse array of African wildlife in the African Mixed Exhibit. Earlier this year, it celebrated the birth of the first white rhino calf, a rhino species which is the world’s largest land mammal after the elephant. The fascinating enclosure of Vervet monkeys, terappins and a Nile crocodile is a unique attraction and houses species which occur in the same habitat in the wild – a tactic that Al Ain Zoo strives to implement as enrichment for their animals.