Is it a mirage No, it”s Abu Dhabi”s latest attraction – a water world theme park in the middle of the desert
They already have a Ferrari-themed adventure park and host the annual Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.
But it would seem leisure bosses on Abu Dhabi”s Yas Island are still not content with what they have to offer.
Now they have constructed a huge water park – which promises to thrill guests with 43 rides.
And already they are trying to entice visitors with rides that “have never been experienced before” – so long as they are willing to traipse to Abu Dhabi for them.
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Slip down these slithery slides! Yas Waterworld is about three months from opening on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi August
Jaw dropping! The snake rides promise to give visitors a thrill if they visit the theme park – in the middle of the desert
Set to open in late 2012, Yas Waterworld spreads across more than 15 hectares it promises not only water attractions but restaurants, shops and interactive games.
The park is surely designed to lure people away from the glitzy temptations of Dubai, and visit their emirate instead.
Visitors will slide down snake-shaped slides, before emerging through the open jaws of hissing snakes.
And the planners have obviously decided the bigger the better, as their website boasts when completed the park will be “one of the leading waterparks in the world.”
Visitors will get a chance to try outthe Bandit Bomber and Falcon”s Falaj at the huge new attraction, which promises thrill seekers the chance to experience four rides that are unlike anything else.
Park bosses have promised that some rides will be the first of their kind in the world
Water world: The park is starting to take shape and is expected to open at the end of the year
They claim to have also created the world”s first hydromagnetic-powered tornado.
This is not the first time the UAE have ploughed money into attracting visitors.
United Arab Emirates ploughed billions into the 861,000 square foot park on Yas Island and expect 10,000 visitors a day.
Abu Dhabi spent billions to diversify its economy away from oil, developing its industry, real estate, finance and tourism sectors.
Just next to Yas off the coast of Abu Dhabi sits Saadiyat Island – a $27billion art and culture project planned to house spin-offs of the Louvre museum in Paris and New York”s Guggenheim.
All hands to the deck: Builders are busy creating a huge water world which will sit next to the Ferrari park
What can it be The waterpark will look like a watery mirage in its desert home
Abu Dhabi, which holds the bulk of the oil reserves of the UAE, the third-largest oil exporter in the world, is aiming for a 15 per cent annual increase of tourists with a target of 2.3 million by the end 2012.
Mubarak al Muhairi, director general of tourism, said at the time that the motor-themed venue would revolutionise how people see Abu Dhabi: “The Ferrari park is a major leap forward in our leisure proposition as it has enormous appeal regionally and internationally.”