Aerial view of Yas Waterworld on Yas Island - supplied

Everything You Need to Know About Yas Waterworld in 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Described as the region’s leading waterpark, Yas Waterworld is the perfect place to cool down and chill out on those scorching Abu Dhabi days.

Located on Yas Island, the site is home to a variety of exciting slides, rides, and other exhilarating attractions, including a large wave pool and the region’s only water cinema. It really is a great day out for all the family and one of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

Please note that Yas Waterworld is shut from 8 January to 5 February 2024 to conduct its annual maintenance

Check latest news of Yas Waterworld’s upcoming expansion over here!

What Can I Find at Yas Waterworld?

Yas Waterworld covers an area of 37 acres and boasts over 40 rides and attractions, split into eight zones as seen in the Yas Waterworld map below.

Map of attrtactions at Yas Waterworld
Image Courtesy Yas Waterworld © Miral Experiences LLC

The Legend of the Lost Pearl

The waterpark’s theme is based on a story about a young girl called Dana who goes on the hunt for a mysterious giant pearl. The pearl had once sat at the heart of her village and was said to bring good fortune to the people.

One night, there was a great storm, and the pearl vanished. From that point, the fortunes of the town dwindled. Dana began a quest to set things right and bring back prosperity to her people. Join Dana in her adventure as you travel through the park.

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or want to splash around with your little one, here is what you can expect to find at Yas Waterworld!

Rides and Slides at Yas Waterworld for Thrill Seekers

These are some of the bigger rides and attractions on offer at Yas Waterworld:

  • Dawwama – Feel the rush on the world’s largest six-person tornado water coaster.
  • The Liwa Loop – Boost your adrenaline on a free fall drop water slide.
  • Sebag – Feel the speed on the six-lane racer slide.
  • Falcon’s Falaj – Follow the adventure on the world’s longest six-seater water coaster.
  • Slithers Slide – Experience six twisty enclosed snake slides.
  • Rush Rider – Take on endless waves at this surfing and bodyboarding experience.
  • Hamlool’s Humps – Turn yourself upside down on this very high and fast set of slides!
  • Jebel Drop – let yourself go on the region’s tallest speed slide.
Dawwama Family Ride at Yas Waterworld
Falcon's Falaj family ride at Yas Waterworld
Falcon’s Falaj

Gentler Rides and Experiences at Yas Waterworld

  • Amwaj – Grab a rubber ring and enjoy the region’s largest wave pool.
  • Al Raha River – Relax on your inflatable as you float along 300m of lazy river with waterfalls, rain showers, and caves.
  • Yadi Yas – Experience the rapids on a lazy river with more intense waves, as well as rain showers and water jets.
  • Cinesplash – Enjoy a 5D cinema experience that tells the story of Dana and her search for the lost pearl and includes lots of surprises!
  • Bandit Bomber – Glide over the waterpark and get a bird’s eye view on this family roller coaster.
Gentle floating on the lazy river at Yas Waterworld
Al Raha River

Ride Height Restrictions at Yas Waterworld

Most of the ‘adult’ rides have height restrictions. These vary depending on the ride but are generally 1.1 or 1.2m.

Children over 1m are allowed to ride on the Bandit Bomber. The Wave Pool and Lazy River are open to everyone, regardless of their age and height.

What is There for Young Children at Yas Waterworld?

The waterpark is split into zones with specific areas for babies, toddlers, and very young children. The baby zone at Yas Waterworld includes a shallow pool with a small slide and swings, as well as fountain spouts around the edge of the pool. There is also a smaller bubble pool for babies.

In the same area as the baby zone, but fenced off from it, is a larger pool with a variety of gentle slides suitable for younger children. There are also fountains and bucket installations, as well as a kindergarten-friendly elevation opposite. This area is well-shaded, with large sails fixed above each of the pools.

The bucket feature at the Al Marah Fortress

In the next zone, there is a huge elevation known as the Marah Fortress with multiple slides, rope bridges and gigantic buckets suitable for children in roughly the 7-11 age range. Adults are not permitted on the slides at the Marah Fortress but can accompany smaller children onto the structure itself.

Is Yas Waterworld indoors?

No, unlike the other Yas Island theme parks, including SeaWorld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, almost all of Yas Waterworld is outdoors. The only indoor attraction is Cinesplash.

Other Facilities at Yas Waterworld

Toilets, Showers, Changing Rooms and Lockers

There are toilets throughout the site, with the main showers and changing rooms located in the main building or ‘souk area’ at the site’s entrance. Within the changing rooms, there are lockers, and towels can be purchased or hired just outside. There are also prayer rooms available.

Outdoor showers and drying machines can also be found spaced throughout the park.

Food and Beverage Outlets

There are a variety of food and beverage outlets throughout the site. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to find at each:

  • Dana’s Diner serves up everything from Burgers to Arabian Mixed Grills
  • Chubby’s Kitchen provides a variety of Asian dishes as well as burgers, pizzas and salads.
  • Skinny’s Frozen Treats, located by the baby pool, serves ice creams, lollies and cold drinks.
  • Salma’s Snack Shack, located between the baby and toddler area and the Marah Fortress, serves freshly cut fruits, slushies and smoothies.
  • Galwat Nasser serves up Arabic coffee, camel-milk chocolates and dates.
  • Smaller shacks around the park also sell a variety of drinks and ice-creams.

Retail Outlets

  • Sultan and Sons – A large shop in the main waterpark building which sells swimming costumes, water shoes, flip-flops and goggles, as well as many other water park essentials. Swim nappies are also available to purchase here.
  • Qaryat Al Jewana – A souk-like space in the Waterpark’s main entrance. Here you can buy a variety of waterpark memorabilia as well as pick up photos at the end of your trip.
  • Tawasha Pearl Shop – Here, you can buy real oysters and customise your own pearl jewellery.

Cabanas and Poolside Seating

The park has ample seating, with sun loungers positioned around the major pool areas. Private cabanas are also available for 4 or 6 guests. Prices start at 349 AED.

You will need to get in early on the weekend, especially if you want to grab seats near the main attractions like the wave pool, but there are plenty of hidden little nooks around the park if you go explore beyond the main entrance.

Underwater VR Experiences

Have you ever fancied diving down to a lost city or travelling down a waterfall? There are a variety of underwater VR Experiences on offer at Yas Waterworld, with prices ranging from 75 AED for individuals to AED 225 for groups.

Underwater VR experiences at Yas Waterworld
Underwater VR Experiences

How Can I Get to Yas Waterworld?

There are free shuttle buses operating between the hotels on Yas Island and the theme parks. There are also free shuttle buses from downtown Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Yas Express Bus Image SUpplied

For more details on the Yas shuttle services, click here.

With your own car, there’s ample parking on Yas Island immediately outside the water park, use Google Maps.

Yas Waterworld Location

If you are seeking how to get to Yas Waterworld from Dubai, we have a comprehensive Dubai to Yas Island guide here.

How Much Are Tickets for Yas Waterworld?

  • An online single-day ticket costs AED 295 for adults and AED 225 for children over the age of 3 and taller than 1.1m (as of January 2023).
  • Children under the age of 3 or shorter than 1.1m enter for free.
  • Purchasing at the gate will cost you a little more, AED 325 for adults.
  • Adding a quick pass will cost you AED 150 extra per person.

Can You Get Discounted Tickets to Yas Waterworld

It’s hard these days to find anything like 2-4-1 passes for Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi or the Yas theme parks; however, here are a few places you could check:

  • Yas Waterworld is included in the Go City Dubai Explorer Pass, which includes all the Yas Theme Parks; you can combine this with several Dubai and Abu Dhabi attractions and save.

If you live in Abu Dhabi, the Yas Theme Parks annual pass can represent excellent value for families. Look out for special offers that frequently come up over Ramadan and Eid.

Slithering Sliders At Yas Waterworld

What are the Yas Waterworld Opening Hours?

Opening hours are subject to change, but during 2023, the park was open daily from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

Occasionally, Ladies Day events see the park closed to all males of the age of 8. Always check the official Yas Waterworld Website for up-to-date information before your trip.

Find out more on here.

Is Yas Waterworld open all year?

Yas Waterworld closes briefly in the winter for maintenance. The closure usually runs from the beginning of January until mid-February. In 2024, the waterpark is scheduled to be closed from 8 January to 5 February. reopened on the 11th of February 2023.

Opening hours are subject to change. During term time, the park is generally open from 12 noon until 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday and from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Can I celebrate a special event at Yas Waterworld?

Yas Waterworld is great for celebrating special events, including children’s birthdays.

For more information about party packages, click here.

What are the Rules at Yas Waterworld?

Here are the rules that you should be aware of when visiting Yas Waterworld:

  • All visitors must wear proper swimwear.
  • Young children who are not fully toilet trained must wear a swim nappy/diaper.
  • No inflatables are allowed.
  • Photography is not encouraged and not permitted during ladies’ days (they will not let you bring phones into the water park at all on these special days). There are photographers employed by the park who can take photographs for you.
  • You are not allowed to bring in food from outside.
  • All bags are checked at the entrance to the waterpark.
  • Smoking is only permitted in certain areas at Yas Waterworld.

As is always the case in the UAE, you should behave respectfully and avoid swearing or any other offensive behaviour, as well as public displays of affection.

Is visiting Yas Waterworld safe?

A visit to any waterpark contains an element of risk, but at Yas Waterworld, great lengths are taken to mitigate this risk. Maintenance is taken seriously, and the park closes down for one month each year for a full maintenance check.

Lifeguards are stationed around the park so that there are no blind spots where an incident could occur unseen. There is also CCTV throughout the park for this reason. In addition to lifeguards, there is a trained paramedic on site.

The pools and all facilities are kept spotlessly clean. Young children are asked to leave the children’s area for 15 minutes twice a day to allow for the cleaning and recirculation of the water.

What Should I Take With Me on a Trip to Yas Waterworld?

Whilst you can buy or hire everything that you need at Yas Waterworld, we would recommend taking the following:

  • Swimwear
  • A towel
  • A loose T-shirt, cover-up, or UV top
  • Water shoes
  • A sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream
  • A water bottle

Does Yas Waterworld Provide Towels? Yes, these can be hired for a fee

Does Yas Waterworld Provide Lockers? Yes, these can be hired for a fee

Where do I get my Yas Waterworld photos? You can purchase photos taken by the official photographers at Jewana Photo before you leave. Make sure you do not lose the wrist band they’ll give you. There’s no obligation to purchase.

Yas Waterworld Dress Code

Park rules ask that patrons wear proper swimwear – i.e., don’t try getting on the rides in your normal streetwear! Some no-no’s include:

  • 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 and the rides and slides
  • Shirts or jackets that button or zip up the front
  • Long pants such as jeans, slacks, and trousers as well as denim clothing
  • Any clothing or accessory (belts, jewelry, etc.) deemed as potentially damaging to the attractions

Ladies, you will find everything from full burkinis to bikinis worn at Yas Waterworld – but let’s be honest, only a brave woman would wear a bikini to a waterpark with slides and rides and risk accidentally exposing themselves.

We’d highly recommend ladies go with a one-piece, or if wearing a bikini, wear a sun coverup or rashie top over their top half to prevent accidents and protect yourselves from the sun. (You could also look to attend on one of their ladies-only evenings.)

Gents, boardshorts are definitely a better choice than budgie smugglers; it’s up to you, but it’s a family waterpark, not a beach club, save your skimpy swimwear for a more appropriate setting.

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

We hope this guide to Yas Waterworld prepares you well for what to expect at the Middle East’s greatest water park (even if Atlantis in Dubai might be vying for the title; they may be slighter and bigger, but we’d argue Yas Waterworld is better, with much less queuing!)

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