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Your Fun Guide to Yas Waterworld: Tickets, Best Rides, Reviews & More

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Open since 2013, Yas Waterworld quickly earned its spot in the world’s top 10 water parks. Spread across 37 acres, it stands as one of the Middle East’s largest water parks and one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite attractions. Get a Yas Waterworld ticket to beat the heat and hop aboard the most thrilling water park experience of your life.

Why Visit Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

The opportunity to experience a thrilling day out together with a fun day with the family at Yas Waterworld is endless.

Here, you can surf at the world’s largest surfable sheet wave; take the plunge down an epic Slither Slide and pass through wave tunnels on your way down; jump in a six-person water coaster that takes you on a wild ride over twists, turns, rapids, and drops!

When you’ve tired yourself out from all the adrenaline; sit back, relax and float along the lazy river. Some of the most popular rides at Yas Waterworld are the Dawwama - a tornado waterslide; Rushrider - a giant wavepool perfect for flowboarding; Liwa Loop - a looping freefall slide and the Yadi Yas - a fast flowing wavy river.

Yas Waterworld was recognized as the 'Best Water Park' by MENALAC Awards 2020 and Global Brands Magazine. It was also awarded Middle East's Best Water Theme Park by the International Travel Awards and 'Travelers Choice' by Tripadvisor.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's get you to Yas Waterworld right away!

Buying Yas Waterworld Tickets Online

Yas Waterworld tickets are available online as well as at several physical booths at the park. However, it is advisable you purchase your tickets online as it helps save the hassle of standing in line and queuing up for the tickets.

Yas Waterworld Combo Tickets

Guests can choose to purchase tickets that provide access to popular rides and attractions at Yas Waterworld, or opt for combo tours that give you entry to some of the coolest theme parks in Abu Dhabi, like Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.

Want to make the most of your time on the Yas Island? Check out our comprehensive Yas Island Guide for inspiration to build your itinerary.

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Is the Yas Waterworld Annual Pass worth it?

The Yas Waterworld Annual Pass gives you access to this waterpark for an entire year. If you live in Dubai (or frequent this metropolis often) and love water parks, this annual pass is well worth your money. Prices for the annual pass starts from AED 695 per person.

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Top Rides at Yas Waterworld - You Cannot Miss These!

Yas Waterworld rides are among the biggest and best in the world. From adrenaline pumping rides to relaxing rivers, there's something for everyone here.

Check out the Yas Waterworld rides, categorized into 3 brackets - Thrillers, Family friendly and Kid Friendly.

NOTE: Do not ride if you are pregnant, have blood pressure or heart conditions, back/neck conditions, or have recently had surgery.

Top 12 Yas Waterworld Rides

Yas Waterworld rides
Liwa Loop

Yas Waterworld is famous for its waterslides, but that's not all it has to offer. The first of its kind in the UAE, this looping waterslide lets you drop straight down into a high density free fall.

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : Adults
Min Height : 120 cm
Weight range : 40 kg - 136 kg

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Jebel Drop

Take in the best view of Yas Waterpark before freefalling down this daredevil waterslide.That's right, we're talking about a fall with a view! Zip down this ever-steep waterslide while drinking in stellar views of the park around you.

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : Adults
Min Height : 120 cm
Max Weight : 136 kg

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Falcon's Falaj

This six-person water coaster takes you on a wild ride over twists, turns, rapids, and, of course, drops! A delicious combination of fear and delight, you'll welcome an extreme adrenaline rush with open arms.

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : Adults
Min Height : 110 cm
Note : No loose articles and no diving

Bandit Bomber

Take a ride on the Middle East’s longest suspended roller coaster. With onboard special water and laser effects, make a splash on all the people walking below.

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : All ages
Min Height : 100-205 cm

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Slither's Slides

These thrilling slides will send you speeding through the dark, crashing through water tunnels, and bouncing over bumps before you’re finally released back out into a huge pool.

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : All ages
Min Height : 110 cm

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This one's for big gangs. Put on your competitive hats and challenge 5 others on this 6-lane racer slide. The first one (most likely the heaviest one) buys everyone lunch!

Ride Type : Thrill Activity
Best For : All ages
Min Height : 110 cm

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Yadi Yas

Hold on tight for a white-knuckled trip awaits down the not-so-lazy Yadi Yas river. Glide through the waves on your inflated tube and enjoy this action-packed wadi ride.

Ride Type : Family Activity
Best For : Children & Adults
Min Height : No restrictions

Amwaj Wave Pool

This gentle, ebb and flow wave pool will instantly transport you to the beach. As the pearl looms above you, enjoy every incredible wave pattern that comes your way. This is an enjoyable ride for you and your family.

Ride Type : Family Activity
Best For : Children & Adults
Min Height : No restrictions

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Al Raha River

Tired from all the high-adrenaline slides and rides? Cruise along the lazy river and relax as you float through the caverns of Al Raha River. As you slide down winding streams, take in the wondrous views of the waterpark around you.

Ride Type : Family Activity
Best For : Children & Adults
Min Height : No restrictions

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Join Dana and her friends on their quest to uncover the “Legend of the Lost Pearl” in the region’s First-ever Water Cinema. This unique attraction promises great cinematic effects, moving seats, and water explosions.

Ride Type : Family Activity
Best For : Children & Adults
Min Height : 110 cm

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Tot's Playground

The infant pool and slide complex at Tot’s Playground are the ideal place for parents to relax while playing with their young ones.

Ride Type : Children's Activity
Best For : Children
Min Height : 150-210 cm

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Three little slides, a dumping bucket, and tons of room to splash and play - Yehal will entertain the kids for hours while adults take a breather on the beach loungers on the side.

Ride Type : Children's Activity
Best For : Children
Min Height : No restriction

Hacks To Avoid Crowds at Yas Waterworld

This uber-popular attraction is open throughout the year- which means it is just as crowded as it is popular. It is advisable to visit Yas Waterworld during the cooler months between October and March (to beat the extreme heat) since this is an outdoor attraction. Weekends are when the attraction is at its busiest, so if you can go during the week, you can avoid massive crowds. Try visiting closer to the opening time of the attraction for fewer crowds.

Visiting During Ramadan

Many are skeptical about taking a trip to Dubai during Ramadan because of the holiday rush, but there is a way around it. If you start your day early, hit the attractions right around the time they open, and avoid the weekends, you can enjoy the holiday season in the UAE to the fullest. Ramadan also comes with holiday discounts on your tickets, so it's a great way to save money.

All You Need To Know Before Visiting Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld Opening Times

  • Sat-Wed: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Thur: 10 AM - 2 PM (annual passholders only)
  • Thur: 3 PM- 11 PM
  • Fri: 10 AM - 10 PM (exclusively for Ladies)

Opening hours are subject to change, please keep an eye for updates.

Yas Waterworld On Map & Directions

  • By Bus: The transit line #218 has a route that pass near Yas Waterworld. Get down at Yas Leisure Drive/Water World. It is a 6-minute walk to the attraction.
  • By Car:Your drive from Abu Dhabi to Yas Waterworld takes about 22 minutes (approx. 21 miles). The approximate fuel cost is USD 2-3.
  • By Metro: If you're traveling from the airport, go to terminal 3, which will take you to Ibn Battuta Mall. From here, hire a taxi or drive to Yas Waterworld.

Facilities available at Yas Waterworld


The park has nearly 2,500 wristband-activated lockers on site. If your luggage does not fit in a locker, you can store it at the Guest Services desk.

Pricing for luggage storage is as follows:

  • 1-2 pieces: AED 45 / $12.25
  • 3-4 pieces: AED 90 / $24.50
  • 6 pieces: AED 135 / $36.75


You can rent towels from the Guest Services desk. There are also Yas Waterworld themed souvenir towels available for purchase at the park gift shops.

Cabanas for rent along Amwaj Beach
  • You can book a 4-person or 6-person private cabana to relax in. Prices start at AED 599 / $163
  • Each cabana offers towels and a food and beverage delivery
  • Service
  • VIP cabana service is available

Free parking

A valet service is available for AED 40 / $11

There are 4 designated smoking areas spread across the park.

Aside from these areas, Yas Waterworld is smoke-free.

Yas Waterworld Rules & Restrictions

No outside food or beverages

No smoking in non-designated areas

No glass items

No pets (Except service animals)

No intoxication

No ice Coolers or cold boxes

Guest Services Desk

There is a Guest Service desk in the Qaryat Al Jewana Souk. They can assist you with:

  • Ticket purchases
  • Annual pass purchases
  • Locker and towel rentals
  • Managing your park credit on your Yas Waterworld wristband (upgrades, add-ons, or refunds)
  • Lost and found
  • Valet parking

Yas Waterworld Dress Code

For the health, safety and comfort of yourself and others, appropriate swimwear must be worn at Yas Waterworld, at all times (two-piece bikinis are acceptable to wear). This dress code is also implemented in order to protect the slides, rides, and attractions. If you don’t have swimwear, you can purchase it from Yas Waterworld shops throughout the park.

Do Not Wear

  • Underwear (boxers, briefs, etc.)
  • Attire that is transparent or translucent in private areas
  • Attire with metal buttons, zippers, buckles or snaps that could be abrasive to other swimmers
  • Shirts or jackets that button or zip up the front
  • Long pants such as jeans, slacks and trousers
  • Denim clothing
  • Any clothing or accessory (belts, jewelry, etc.) deemed as potentially damaging to the attractions
  • Regular diapers are not permitted in any pools or attractions. Waterproof swim diapers can be purchased at Sultan & Sons Trading in Qaryat Al Jewana Souk

Park management reserves the right to request that any guest either change their attire or leave the park premises.

Yas Waterworld Wristbands

The park provides waterproof electronic wristbands that you can charge with money. This way, you can pay easily and quickly without having to carry cash around the park. At the end of the day, if you have unused credit on your wristband, you can redeem a refund. You can also use your wristband to access your locker.

Yas Waterworld- Compared to other waterparks

The three most sought-after waterparks in the UAE are Yas Waterworld, Aquaventure & Wild Wadi. Read up on the best waterpark guide for more context.

  • Situated on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld is the only one of the 3 waterparks located outside Dubai.
  • Yas Waterworld has more rides and slides than the other 2 parks.
  • While both Aquaventure & Wild Wadi have around 10 major rides & slides, Yas Waterworld has 17.
  • The crowd at Yas Waterworld is also lesser than what you may face at Aquaventure and Wild Wadi, especially on weekdays.
  • If you're visiting Abu Dhabi or planning a trip to Ferrari World, then make sure you add Yas Waterworld to your itinerary.

Tips To Make The Best Of Your Yas Waterworld Visit

  • Try and arrive to the park early in the day in order to beat the crowd and avoid long queues. Best would be to arrive before the park opens. You can charge the bands with money at the guest services desk when you arrive.
  • Grab a waterproof electronic wristband so that you don’t have to worry about carrying cash or getting your money wet. You can charge the bands with money at the guest services desk when you arrive. At the end of the day, if you have unused credit on your wristband, you can redeem a refund.
  • If possible, visit the park on a weekday. It’s far less crowded than the weekends!
  • Take advantage of the free Yas Express shuttle.
  • Buy a combo ticket to enjoy the best savings.
  • Get your tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines.
  • Take snack breaks, especially for kids, and make sure everyone in your group stays hydrated.
  • Check the weather before you go.
  • Make sure your phone and/or camera are adequately charged before entering the park.
  • Fridays are exclusively for ladies and children. Men will not be allowed into the park on Fridays. Make sure to book your tickets accordingly.
  • If you're looking for more things to do in Yas Island, check out our complete guide on Things To Do In Yas Island.

Yas Waterworld Reviews

This water park is the most fun we have had in another country. It did not disappoint! The slides are great for an adrenaline fueled day. The park felt safe, with lockers that worked great. There were plenty of sunloungers to leave you towel on and run off on your adventures before returning to it. There was a lot of choice for snacks, drinks and lunch also and there was no queuing for any of the rides or food!

- RamS, TripAdvisor, February 2020

Calling all single professionals and feeling young at heart (hahaha) Definitely you gonna have good time at Yas waterworld with your friends especially if you are a type of looking for something extreme fun water rides. Absolutely the bondit bomber rides will make you shout, laugh and loud freely and Marah Fortress is kids at heart moment.

- JoyceF, TripAdvisor, February 2020

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