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Dubai-linked firm launches plan to build giant waterpark in Australia

Australian investment unit of Dubai's Najibi partners with WhiteWater to build waterpark on Sunshine Coast

Dubai-linked firm launches plan to build giant waterpark in Australia
The Sunshine Coast project will comprise a worlds first Wave Reservoir, a world-class waterpark and extreme water sports facilities, a Olympic standard training centre, a 4 star hotel, a conference and exhibition centre, restaurants and retail outlets.

The Australian investment unit of a Dubai-based company has announced plans for a waterpark as part of its AUS$400 million ($297.3 million) "active lifestyle" destination project on the Sunshine Coast.

Sanad Capital, part of Dubai conglomerate Najibi Group, unveiled its partnership with WhiteWater to build the waterpark which will be Australia’s biggest wave pool generating waves nine feet high.

Once built, it will also be the world’s largest interactive aqua play structure, accommodating 2,000 people at any one time and will boast the first slide-boarding area in the region, an innovation which brings video-game interactivity to waterslides.

WhiteWater has been responsible for some of the world’s biggest water projects to date such as China’s Yinji Xinmi, the Atlantis Resort and Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai and Vana Nava in Thailand.

The project will be officially launched before the end of the year, with construction starting in 2017. The plans also feature a sports training and development centre, a four-star hotel, an exhibition and conference centre, cafes and restaurants and retail outlets.

“World-class vision calls for world-class partners, which is why we chose to work with the best. WhiteWater will be responsible for most of the water features, especially the planning and engineering of the waterpark rides, given its credentials as the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterpark products,” said Bradley P Sutherland, CEO of Sanad Capital

“This waterpark will provide a complete family experience with features for every age group. The plans contain a dedicated area where kids from four to eight can make a splash, thrills for teens with the AquaLoop, as well as raft rides for the whole family to enjoy together,” added Sutherland.

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