Yas Waterworld 

Been wanting to visit this water park in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi since it opened in 2013 but the rates were just too much for my budget. The cheapest is their bronze ticket at AED250 for adults and AED210 for children (unlimited access to waterpark) and the highest is their gold ticket at AED485 for adults and AED410 for children (unlimited access to the waterpark, fast pass, merchandise voucher to name a few). They do offer discounts & promos though from time to time, you can always check their Facebook page. And in our case, fortunately we got a bronze ticket voucher for only AED75/- (imagine the AED175/person we saved!) which we got from joining the AUH Electric Run at Yas Gateway Park last month (free VIP tix – the perks of my husband working in an events company) thus finally I have ticked off YW from my UAE bucket list.

We arrived at 10:30 on a sunny Friday morning from Dubai. Thankfully it was not crowded, was expecting it is since it’s a weekend but maybe because there’s still a hint of winter in the air, or was it just me who thinks 28 deg Celsius is still cold.­čśé And yes, it was exactly how I envisioned it to be (thanks to photos online), you know how sometimes photos differ from actual. Spacious, clean, clear waters, big slides, awesome water park environment.

We rented a small locker for AED35/- but regretted it because hello, this is UAE, and you can just leave your bag with your phones/wallets (which what we did the whole time we were there) and nobody would even care to steal it. What I will terribly miss living in this country, it’s very rare that theft happens. Moving on, we immediately try their rides. As if,haha, out of over 43 rides, I only manage to do 3. Blame my fear of heights, my claustrophobia and the fear of panic attacks. I did the Slither Slides with the hubs (cannot do a slide alone, first and last was 2010) where there are 4 slides you can choose from. We tried the Serpent Spin, as suggested by the attendant when she noticed how fearful I looked. Seriously I was scared at first but it turned out to be the best choice, it was slow and fun and thanks to the LED lights inside, my fear subsided.

Hubs did the Sebag ( I was actually at the top already when fear overpowered me and I have to back out, the heights and that narrow open slide just don’t suit me). He, on the other hand, had fun (evident by the photo below).

We challenged the waves of Amwaj wave pool. The waves are gentle and small, perfect for the kids and the oldies Ôťî­čĆ╗ (i still prefer the wave pool of Wadi Adventure). Played with sonny at the Tots Playground, but mind you, adults love it here,too, especially when the bucket spills.

Hunger got the best of us, so we stopped for a bite at one of their dining areas, Chubby’s Kitchen. Spent AED200 for 2 medium sized pizzas, 2 order of fries & drinks. Not bad for a group of 6 (child included). Tummy full, kinda tired but doesn’t want to miss the rides, Al Raha river was the answer. Ah, laze┬áaround in bliss.

Rejuvenated, we all agreed to ride the Bandit Bomber, the only attraction we all enjoyed, ok we fearfully enjoyed,haha. The heights and its roller coaster feel, it was such a feat for me but am glad I did it though my eyes were shut the whole time, still. Had a similar experience at Universal Studios Singapore thus the lesser the fear ( char, if you only heard my screams) ­čśé.

If there’s something I regretted not riding was the Falcon Falaj. It wasn’t supposed to be scary because you’re sliding in a group but again, fear got me. So maybe next time.

All in all, it was a 4/5 experience for me (fear took the 1 point) and my family, my son most especially. 

Visit their website for more info: https://yaswaterworld.com/