Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dubai May 2014. Wadi Adventure and Bab Al Sharms Desert Resort.

I have visited Dubai many times, each time it changes. New buildings are completed, and others start to rise from the sand. New forms of public transport such as the Metro are  stating to take shape and being added to with new bus routes, water taxies and a tram system. New entertainment is constantly being developed and during my weekends visit I did lots of new activities and visited places I had not been to before. Today I was taken to Wadi Adventure, this is a water park located in the Oasis town of Al Ain. It is 120 KM south of Dubai and took about 1 1/2 hours to dive to it. Due to its location it is not at all busy.  
Map of Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain.
 At this water park you can Raft, Kayak and Surf. There are three white-water rapids available. Those of you who read this blog will know that I had an accident in New Zealand white-water rafting so I have no intention of repeating that experience, I just looked on!
 The surfing takes place in a pool that has the largest man made waves in the world, and the waves looked good.

Adult Pool

Wadi Adventure also has an Airpark that includes a climbing wall, high rope course, zip line and a 33ft falling swing. It is a fantastic facility and if it was located in Dubai it would not be as quiet as it is.
After surfing we drove to the desert resort of Bab Al Sharms. This was a stunning hotel and spa set in the Arabian Desert.

The Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

After having sun downers at the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, we were taken by an electric trolley bus to another part of the resort and shown into the Al Hadheerah restaurant. This was outside and decorated in Bedouin style. The selection of food was extensive and delicious and we watched Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancers, a Camel Show and finally an Arabian Horse Show.