New Abu Dhabi waterpark set to open in Q4

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A giant pearl is moved into position at the YasWaterworld Aqua Park in Abu Dhabi

A giant pearl is moved into position at the YasWaterworld Aqua Park in Abu Dhabi

The $165m waterpark project being built on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi will be called YasWaterworld Aqua Park and will open in the fourth quarter of this year.

With a theme which pays tribute to Emirati culture and the country's pearl diving heritage, the waterpark will include 43 rides, slides and attractions.

The rides follow the adventures of the waterpark's main character Dana, a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl which brought prosperity to the people of her village.

"Visitors to Yas Island can see how far the construction of this landmark project has progressed. Last week we celebrated the topping out of Jebel Dana - the towering centrepiece and home of the Great Mother Pearl," said Mike Oswald, park manager.

"Soaring 45 metres above ground, Jebel Dana will be the newest tourism beacon drawing regional and international crowds heading to the island when YasWaterworld Aqua Park opens later this year."

The Waterpark spreads across more than 15 hectares and is located next to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.

The Waterpark on Yas Island is developed by Aldar Properties and will be operated by Farah Leisure Parks Management.

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