In Dubai the sunshine is always glorious, but if it ever gets too hot there are plenty of watering holes where you can dive in and cool off. Visit one of the water parks in Dubai to enjoy the rides or just give the kids a chance to let off some steam.

Make a splash with our guide to the very best waterparks in Dubai…

AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK

They like to do things big in UAE and Aquaventure Dubai is no exception. There are some nerve-racking rides here, like the Leap of Faith that plunges you 27.5 metres (90 feet) down a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays. But it’s not all about the adrenaline, there are lots of gentler rides and cool pools for toddlers and little ones. You can find seclusion and tranquillity here too, with strolls along the Lazy River and the waterpark’s very own Atlantis Beach, where you’re free to relax and take in the sun. This Atlantis water park is one of the best in Dubai.

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Blue Route, Stop: Atlantis The Palm

DOLPHIN BAY

For a different type of Dubai water park, head to Atlantis The Palm, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The facilities here are pretty exceptional too. Dolphin Bay, for example, you can dive into the water and swim alongside 6 friendly dolphins. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a scuba dive tour and get to see the dolphins’ habitat underwater. Or if you prefer not to get wet, you can make the most of the photo opportunities and have your picture taken with a dolphin. They’re bound to smile for the camera.

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Blue Route, Stop: Atlantis The Palm

WILD WADI WATERPARK

With over 30 attractions, not to mention plenty of eateries and cafes, you could spend all day here at Wild Wadi, one of the most popular Dubai water parks. Take a roller coaster ride through the water, plunge down slides, or just float along a calming river. You can even try your hand at surfing, on the Riptide Flowrider. And don’t miss Tantrum Alley, where you get to stand right in the eye of a storm. There are lots of activities for the little ones too, including child-friendly pools, small slides and climbing frames. You’ll find Wild Wadi next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, just in the shade of the Burj Al Arab.

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Green Route, Stop: Burj Al Arab

RIVERLAND DUBAI

More than just the lavish entrance to three different theme parks, Riverland Dubai is an attraction in its own right. Expect family-friendly events, street theatre performances, and a canal that will make you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Venice. Visit the Boardwalk for delicious American cuisine, wander around the French Village, or catch an outdoor concert at The Peninsula. Entry is completely free making this a top thing to do in Dubai.

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SPLASH & PARTY

If you’re looking for a new water park in Dubai that’s been built for kids, Splash & Party is sure to tick all of your boxes. Perfect for those travelling with younger children, there are enough splash pads and water slides to keep the little ones entertained while Mum & Dad stop for a refreshing bite to eat at the yummy restaurant on site. Make sure you check out their calendar before going, with so many themed events held throughout the year, you may want to pack a pirate or mermaid costume.

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LAGUNA WATERPARK

Located in the heart of Dubai's coolest beachfront destination of La Mer, Laguna Waterpark brings you 5 fully loaded water slides all ready to be taken on by the biggest thrill seekers. There’s Free Fall, a slide that starts with the glass floor dropping beneath you, Mad Racer for the competitive sliders, and so many more exhilarating options. And if the excitement gets too much, simply chill on the lazy river before perching to enjoy the sunshine in one of the comfortable cabanas.

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Red Route, Stop: City Walk

Truth is, there are so many water parks in Dubai you’ll be spoilt for choice. Most of these options allow you to buy tickets on the day, but to be on the safe side we recommend booking in advance. It’s the best way to beat the queues and snap up a money-saving waterpark deal. And if you’d like something a little more soothing, don’t forget about Dubai’s Spas too…