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Qatar vs UAE: Top-Rated Water Parks to Visit this Summer

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The UAE has long been synonymous with supersized entertainment. From the largest shopping mall and airport to the largest theme parks and the iconic Burj Khalifa, the Emirates continues to push the limits of human innovation.

Recently, Qatar has thrown its hat into the ring with Meryal Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the world. Is Qatar now entering the arena of all things extravagant? Let’s dive into a light-hearted face-off between the water parks of Qatar and the UAE.

Let the Match Begin:

Round 1: Supersized Water Slides

UAE offers a broader range of high-thrill rides and unique attractions like underwater safaris and interactive water coasters. Whereas Qatar focuses on a balanced mix of family-friendly adventure activities, suitable for all ages.

Tallest Water Slide in the World – Icon Tower Slide at Meryal Water Park in Qatar

Icon Tower

Meryal Waterpark is the biggest in Qatar, jam-packed with 45 RIDICULOUS rides and 52 gut-wrenching slides crammed into 6 action-packed acres.

Standing as the tallest water slide in the world, the Icon Tower Slide is Meryal’s flagship attraction. The RIG 1938’s Icon Tower stands at a whopping 85 meters (260 feet)! That’s practically Big Ben’s height, people!

This slide is not for the faint-hearted, as it offers an exhilarating drop from a height of 85 meters, providing a thrilling experience with stunning views of the surrounding area. This beast even holds the 2 Guinness World Record attempts for the world’s highest waterpark tower.

Imagine the adrenaline rush during the drop!

Meryal Waterpark Address: Zone No. 69, Street No. 533 Building No. 68, Qetaifan Island North, Lusail, Qatar

Visiting Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Special Nights: Check the official website for extended hours and themed nights.

Meryal Waterpark Ticket Prices

From USD 72 / per person

  • Waterpark access
  • Meryal Beach access
  • Access to The Village, The Refinery, and The Future retail stores


UAE: Blackout Waterslide at Aquaventure Waterpark Dubai


Aquaventure boasts the Blackout Waterslide, the tallest vertical drop body slide in the Middle East at 35 meters. Located in Atlantis The Palm Hotel, this slide is similar to the Leap of Faith Slide, offering extreme thrills with a nearly vertical drop and high-speed free fall.

Round 2: Best Summer Destination for Kids

For young adventurers, both destinations offer excellent services, including kid-friendly zones, safety features, and fun activities. However, the UAE’s parks often come with more advanced facilities due to their larger scale and international fame.

Qatar: Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park

fun at meryal park

Desert Falls Aquapark is the biggest theme park in the Middle Eastern region, situated in Hilton Salwa Beach Resort with 24 attractions and 30 rides. There’s a souq selling all kinds of swimming essentials toys, and so much more. Grab quick bites at the restaurants, kiosks, and food trucks offering authentic food from the Qatari culture. Of course, these are one-of-a-kind rides and endless fun for kids.

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  • Inner tube slides: enclosed tunnel where you can go through twisting and turning.
  • Whizzard mat racer: A multi-lane mat racer slide where you can race your friends.
  • Surfing dunes: A wave simulator perfect for surfing enthusiasts. ride the waves, grab a board.
  • King Cobra: A signature ride that features steep drops into the mouth of a king cobra riding in an enclosed tube.

Other experiences like the Nimr Laser Tags, Desert Street Circuit Go Canoeing, and Water & Adventure Parks are available at the beginning of the new adventure at Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park.

How much is the entry fee for Desert Falls Water Park Qatar?

Desert Fall Water & Adventure Park tickets are QAR 150 for those under 1.25 meters. Children under 3 years of age are free in this park.



LEGOLAND Water Park is the only UAE water park designed specifically for kids aged 2-12. Attractions include Joker Soaker, Build-A-Boat, and Splash ‘N’ Swirl.

Round 3: Most Family-Friendly

Qatar: Aqua Park Qatar

Aqua Park Qatar, located on Salwa Road, is the country’s largest, covering 50,000 square meters.

  • Wave Pool: One of the largest in the region, it simulates ocean waves and is perfect for both relaxation and fun.
  • Lazy River: A favorite among visitors, it offers a leisurely ride around the park.
  • Boomerango: For thrill-seekers, this slide features steep drops and high-speed turns.
  • Kids’ Pirate Bay: An interactive area with smaller slides and water cannons, designed specifically for young children.
  • Space Boat: A thrilling ride that spins you around before dropping you into a pool.

Visiting Hours

Aqua Park Qatar is open from April to October, with varying hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Fridays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Ladies Night (Tuesdays): 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

UAE: Wild Wadi Water Park

Family at Wild wadi waterpark

Located near Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers around 30 experiences and rides for all ages, including Juha’s Journey, Wipeout, and Riptide Flow Riders. With a mix of thrilling and family-friendly water slides, it’s a top destination for families.

  • Juha’s Lagoon, a water playground for young children.
  • Wave pool and gentle rides suitable for families.
  • Multiple food and beverage outlets catering to all tastes.
  • Special Attractions: Jumeirah Sceirah (high-speed slide), Burj Surj, Tantrum Alley.

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Final Round: Most Accessible Overall

With multiple water parks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE provides more options within a relatively short distance. While fewer in number, Qatar’s water parks are strategically located within resort complexes, providing a holistic family vacation experience featuring services.

Qatar: Meryal Water Park

meryal waterpark

Located on Qetaifan Island North, Meryal Water Park offers a unique blend of thrills, relaxation, and family-friendly fun. All the rides within this iconic theme park are inspired by Qatari culture, perfectly complementing the theme of the oil and gas industry.

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A thrilling array of attractions for visitors of all ages:

  1. The Looping Rocket: Experience a heart-pounding free fall followed by a full loop, creating a sensation of weightlessness.
  2. Dhow Adventure Zone: Paying homage to Qatar’s maritime heritage, features a large dhow ship replica with multiple slides, water cannons, and interactive water play features.
  3. Surf Rider: Surf enthusiasts can catch the perfect wave on this wave simulator, offering a safe and controlled environment for riders of all skill levels.
  4. Lazy River: Relax and unwind on a gentle ride through the park’s scenic landscapes, perfect for those seeking a leisurely experience.
  5. Kids’ Splash Zone: Designed specifically for younger visitors, this safe and fun area features smaller slides, splash pads, and water play structures.
  6. Wave Pool: Mimicking the experience of swimming in the ocean, Meryal’s expansive wave pool offers waves of varying heights, catering to both thrill-seekers and those looking for peaceful relaxation.
  7. Family Raft Ride: Share the excitement with friends and family on this ride featuring twists, turns, and drops, perfect for groups seeking adventure together.

With such a diverse range of attractions, Meryal Waterpark ensures a memorable experience for every guest, promising fun, excitement, and relaxation.

UAE: Yas Waterworld

Aquaventure Atlantis

Situated on Yas Island, it combines water park fun with Emirati-themed experiences. Family-friendly features include Yehal, Amwaj Wave Pool, Al Raha River, and special attractions like Bandit Bomber and Dawwama.


  • Yehal, is a special area for toddlers and young children.
  • Amwaj Wave Pool and Al Raha River for relaxation.
  • Diverse dining options from quick snacks to full meals.
  • Special Attractions: Bandit Bomber (interactive water coaster), Dawwama (hydromagnetic tornado)

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Which One Is Your Favorite?

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Qatar offers more than just breathtaking deserts and luxurious malls. This vibrant country boasts some of the best waterparks, providing a refreshing escape from the intense heat. If you’re looking for a relaxing time out this summer, Qatar’s waterparks have something for everyone.

But let’s not kid ourselves—the UAE’s waterparks have set a high bar with their sheer variety and world-class facilities. So, in this light-hearted splash showdown, the UAE may just edge out with its iconic and expansive options.

However, Qatar is making waves and who knows? In the coming years, it might just steal the crown!

Dive in, have fun, and whether you choose Qatar or the UAE, you’re in for a splashing good time! 🌊🌞

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