The first stop on our big adventure last year was Dubai. To break up the long journey to London, we decided to stay for a night in the United Arab Emirates. We stayed at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, which was only 10 minutes from the airport.
One of the reasons that we decided to stay in one of the many Jumeirah hotels in the UAE is that we were given unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park while we were there.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
A shuttle bus took us directly from the hotel to Wild Wadi Waterpark. We were all eager to get into the water to escape the incredibly dry, hot, desert air and 45-degree temperatures!
When you enter you are given a wristband and you can collect towels to use during your stay. There are lockers that can be rented, but we just ended up taking our clothes and drinks in a backpack around the waterpark.
We visited in August and it was really HOT! (Though I think it’s pretty hot all year around!) The water was lovely and cool and all areas were really clean.
Here I am in the lagoon-style pool area. In the background, you can see the kids’ water playground. The boys enjoyed paddling in the shallow water and then being more adventurous down the smaller waterslides.
Food and Drink
We did bring a couple of bottles of water and some snacks, but because of the intense heat, we ended up getting some food and drink at one of the food outlets at the waterpark.
Back to the Hotel
The shuttle bus back to the hotel was a bit of a nightmare, to be honest. It didn’t go directly back, which would have been 20 minutes. Instead, it had to do a huge round trip to other pick-up locations around Dubai, so we were on the bus for about 90 minutes. It did give us all a chance to nap though!
We had planned to visit a mall, but because my husband was suffering from the flu and we were so tired, we decided to stay at the hotel. My youngest son and I swam in the hotel pool while my husband and other son slept. We went out to an American-style restaurant for dinner and then got ourselves ready to fly out to London the next morning.
Would We Go Back to Dubai and Wild Wadi Waterpark?
For sure! We would love to visit Dubai for a little longer next time to explore the city, go shopping, swim at the beach, ride camels and definitely go back to Wild Wadi or another of the amazing waterparks in Dubai.