Soon after the long-awaited opening of the Atlantis Resort on Palm Island, the spectacular waterpark and marine attractions became available to the resort guests and other visitors. This vast and
beautifully landscaped area is considered by many the jewel in the
crown for the Atlantis Resort development.
Appropriately named Aquaventure, this is the largest themed
waterpark in Dubai. Whitewater West slide designers and engineers
delivered a selection of world-class rides, including Master
Blasters: The Ziggurat reaches 100 feet in the sky and houses a
dramatic “free fall” body slide named “The Leap
of Faith.” At 27.5 meters tall (90 feet), it is a nearly
vertical drop, falling through a clear tunnel submerged in a
shark-filled lagoon. It is said to be the fastest free-fall slide
in the Middle East, dropping more than nine stories in an instant.
And the record time from top to bottom is just five seconds!
There are also various inner-tube slides, water rides and
beaches on a gentler scale for families and children.
A large water-play structure, themed as a mysterious temple,
employs Inca details and design forms. This feature continues to be
a proven “magnet” for children of all ages, with its
thundering spill from the tipping bucket, countless possibilities
of interactive water play, choice of body slides and ample lounging
“In designing Aquaventure, we challenged the best
designers, creative minds and water-ride technologists to work with
us to take the water experience to a different level,” says
Alan Leibman, managing director of Kerzner International.
Whitewater West designers responded to the challenge by tackling
difficult design issues such as creating a complex system of Master
Blasters weaving their way through a palm grove, providing a
state-of-the-art ride such as the Leap of Faith, and designing and
constructing a uniquely themed interactive water-play structure.
The Atlantis theme is present throughout the park. Landscape and
thematic elements complement each other in a natural way, providing
a great stage/ backdrop for all water attractions. It’s worth
mentioning that the color selection for fiberglass, structural
elements and thematic pieces was carefully prepared to suit very
specific requirements for this environment and, of course, the high
demands of the client.
So it’s not surprising that Aquaventure presents a superb
water attractions experience, coupled with a stunning visual
landscape — all within the context of Palm Island.
NUTS & BOLTS
Aquatic space: 22 acres
Year opened: 2008
Cost: $1.5 billion (entire resort)
Dream feature: Ziggurat pyramid stands nearly 100 feet tall and serves as a landmark for the park, and the launch pad for a variety of water rides.
- Dream Designer: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
- Aquatic Engineer: Cloward H20
- General Contractor: Atlantis Construction Management Team
- Landscape Architects: ESDA
- Rockwork and Theming: Amusement Whitewater
- Project Architect:Norr Architects, Engineers, Planners
- Electrical Mechanical: BK Gulf Facilities
- Management and Rotary JV Concrete Contractor: Cliff Creek Builders
- Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol
- Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
- Heaters: Raypak Inc.
- Pumps: ITT Marlow, Cascade
- Sanitization Systems: DEL Ozone, PPG Chlorinators
- Water-Play Structures: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
- Water Slides: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
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