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Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi Named ‘World’s Leading Waterpark’

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, the unique Emirati waterpark on Yas Island, was awarded the title ‘World’s Leading Waterpark’ at the World Travel Awards gala this week.

Abu Dhabi’s iconic waterpark racked up more votes than its fellow nominees, which included globally renowned waterparks such as Orlando’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Spain’s Siam Park.

Bianca Sammut, General Manager of Yas Waterworld, accepted the award during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on December 1 in Lisbon, Portugal. “We love this park, and to have that love reciprocated by fans around the world means everything to us,” she said. “Since the day we opened Yas Waterworld’s doors, we’ve been on a mission to provide one-of-a-kind experiences to families from across the globe, and this award is recognition of that mission bearing fruit. I wish to thank the World Travel Awards and everyone involved in the awards, as well as all of our valued guests that voted. We are committed to continuously upgrading the park, keeping it at the forefront of entertainment and leisure innovation, and creating special water adventures and memories that last a lifetime. And if you’ve not yet experienced water’s greatest playground, then we can’t wait to welcome you!”

Since its opening in 2013, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi has welcomed guests into a world of uniquely themed water adventures inspired by the Emirate’s rich pearl diving history. In addition to a sprawling collection of more than 40 rides, slides, and attractions, visitors are also met with seasonal experiences that fuse aquatic adventures with local personality, attracting regular fans and tourists to the UAE’s family entertainment hub, Yas Island, year-round.

 During its five years of operation, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi has received more than 35 awards and accolades for its unwavering commitment to outstanding guest experience. Earlier this year, the waterpark was voted the Middle East’s Leading Waterpark at the World Travel Awards, and inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after receiving the Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row. Among its most memorable 2018 moments was the introduction of Cinesplash, the region’s first and only 5D water adventure. 

Surging ahead into 2019, the waterpark promises to offer guests fun adventures with every visit in every season, as it continues to celebrate the legacy of its home in the UAE.


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