Ice Land Water Park in
RAK to open this week

A hotly-anticipated ice-themed water park, complete with the world’s largest man-made waterfall, will open its doors to the public this week.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:43 PM

Ice Land Water Park, in Al Hamra, Ras Al Khamaih, will hold its official opening ceremony on Wednesday from 6pm until midnight.

The ceremony will be attended by Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

The water park, which cost $100 million (Dh367 million) to build, is the first phase of a project called WOW RAK, which is expected to boost tourism in Ras Al Khamaih and contribute to the regeneration of the emirate.

“Designed to accommodate up to 10,000 visitors, Ice Land Water Park underlines Ras Al Khaimah’s continuing thrust to offer a premium selection of business, leisure and lifestyle amenities and to attract more visitors to the emirate,” said Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, Managing Director and CEO RAK Properties — one of the firms behind the joint venture.

“Ice Land Water Park will certainly reinforce the growing reputation of Ras Al Khaimah as a safe, secure and exciting place to live, work and play.”

The park will include a 120-ft tall manmade fountain, which will see 100,000 gallons of water cascading down each minute.

In addition, there will be 49 other rides and attractions, including a 30,000 sq-ft ‘rain dance pool’, which will include a variety of discos and rain showers. Among the other attractions at the 125 acre park are snorkelling with fish by man-made coralreefs, a football pitch which doubles up as a rain shower, and Jacuzzis in an igloo-shaped building. A four megawatt power generator will cover electricity at the park, in addition to a desalination plant capable of producing 525,000 gallons of water a day. A water filtration system will be used to maintain the four million gallons of pool water.

“The Ice Land Water Park currently qualifies among the top five parks in the world in terms of size and the attractions offered,” said Balwant Singh Chawla, managing director of Polo RAK Amusement — the company which will manage the park.

“We hope that with the addition of more facilities planned to take place within one year it will be among the top three water parks in the world.”

Prices range from Dh175 for an all-access child day pass, to Dh225 for adults, according to the company’s website.

The second phase of WOW RAK, a chalet-style seaside resort and a shopping mall, is expected to open in autumn 2011.

The mall is said to include the UAE’s first 4D cinema. The final phase, a theme park called ‘Planet Earth’, is expected to be ready for customers by autumn 2012.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com



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