Iceland Waterpark: RAK's Hot Way to Keep Cool in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) boasts some of the world's finest dining, most luxurious accommodations and best shopping and leisure opportunities. The UAE is also home to one of the world's most unique and stunning desert landscapes. Beautiful to look at, sure, but definitely hot. In winter, the temperature barely cracks 16 C on most days. In summer, it routinely passes 40 C.
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), a UAE emirate ruled by Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, recently introduced a fantastic way to beat the heat in the UAE. RAK's Iceland Water Park offers visitors fun in the sun, relief from the heat and a great water adventure unlike any other in the country.
Iceland Water Park, the UAE's largest, offers the world's largest man-made waterfall, which guests can experience from within. The park features games and water-themed rides for people of all ages, as well as an expansive food court where hungry park-goers can stop for a quick and delicious bite.
Iceland is the fourth water park to open in the UAE, joining two others in Dubai and one in Umm al Quwain. It's located about an hour from Dubai, and can easily be accessed by car. The park features a charming "ice in the desert" theme. The decor is designed to showcase an imagined frosted-over desert landscape, complete with snow, ice and even penguin adornments.
The park spans a stunning 110,000 square meters—plenty of space to accommodate rides and games of all kinds, for every type of visitor. It features towering waterfalls, adrenaline-filled pipe and tube rides, different types and speeds of water slides, a lazy river complete with a cave replica, some gentler, slower water rides, a football field perfect for fun water-soaked football match, a plunge pool perfect for diving, a wave pool for challenging your swimming skills and a large kids area where little ones can splash and play.
In March of this year, the park began offering a weekly Ladies' Night, set on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., except during Ramadan.
The primary concern of the RAK and Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi is always safety, particularly where water is concerned. To this end, the park adheres to all international safety standards. To prevent injury from falls, the entire park features synthetic slip-resistant turf. An on-premises first aid room is staffed with qualified nurses, while fully trained lifeguards stand on guard to protect the safety and health of patrons. What's more, all safety signage is strategically placed and posted in both English and Arabic.
Recently, the Iceland Waterpark paired with the Guinness Book of World Records to promote water safety around the world. On June 13th of this year, 200 little Iceland swimmers, ages 1 through 5, joined thousands of children in over 700 locations across five continents to create the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
The Iceland Waterpark is perfect for the whole family and worth visiting, whether you live in the UAE or are traveling all the way from Minnesota. Be sure to include it on your itinerary when you travel to this fascinating corner of the world.