TR: Saudi Arabia and Dubai - Wild Wadi and Sega Republic

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Re: TR: Saudi Arabia and Dubai - Wild Wadi and Sega Republi

Postby Midgetman82 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:51 pm

I loved my visit to Dubai back in July 2009, but I went to the Atlantis Aquaventure instead of Wild Wadi. Wild Wadi looks great, if I ever go back I'll be sure to visit this water park, thanks for the report.
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Postby Hilltopper39 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:27 pm

I have seen a few trip reports from this place and it just looks cooler and cooler every time I see another one. Im surprised this type of park concept hasnt taken off more in America. The Schlitterbahn park in Padre Island Texas is like this with the lazy river transportation system and multiple master blasters, but its has fairly poor attendance and could really use some more slides. But Wild Wadi looks like it really got the concept done right and the park looks amazing. Id love to get over there one of these days, and would love to see a park like this in America.

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Postby sheikramatic2006 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:21 pm

I really enjoyed this trip report. I hope one day i can make it to this country and visit it.
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Postby lakeparks » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:16 pm

The lazy river line seems very interesting. I wish they could bring that to the US.
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Postby milndog » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:06 am

Great post, thank you. I really like the idea of the constant network of slides - looks like so much fun.

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Postby Double0Kevin » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:58 am

I've always been curious, how do they respond to women tourists that don't show the same type of "modesty" they show? It looked like there were girls in Bikini's, is that cool when it's within tourist destinations like theme parks and water parks? I'm not a big fan of water parks but I've always wanted to check one out that has those water queues where each ride leads into another. I'd like to try and make it out there one day just to see all those parks and what not. Thanks for the TR.
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Postby testtrack321 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:49 am

I'd totally want a choose your adventure water park in the USA. Perhaps as a replacement to Rive Country?
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Postby Rastuso » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:35 pm

^^ I too was really wondering about the clothing issue. That's why I took my shirt. However, Dubai is not a staunchly Islamic country, like Saudi. We drove by beaches in Saudi, and they women were in their burkas, out in the water. You will see no bikinis in Saudi.

The UAE is much less strict. It is still hard to find liquor, and I saw no Playboys, or anything pornographic. Wild Wadi looked like any US waterpark, with only a few women in more conservative dress. I've attached some pics of a couple of more conservative outfits. ONe that goes down over the knees, and another that was all the way to the ankles, but sheer. WW sold what looked like wetsuits, but made of fabric. I saw maybe one person in one of them. Surprisingly, you'll notice both of these women are fair skinned, and likely not Arabic. Of course, these women showed no cleavage.

If anything, there were many women with less being covered than in most American parks. ANd some that I wouldn't be surprised if they would have been asked to cover more, if they were at a Disney waterpark. Many had nothing but a string going down between their cheeks.

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Postby ParkTrips » Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:13 pm

I loved this - the Burj al Arab is beautiful, I hope I can drop the change to stay there before I die, even if just for one night. I also loved the "she spoke french, or something". I can't wait to go to Dubai

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Postby Rastuso » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:34 pm

Part 2: Downtown Dubai

I hit the Dubai Mall next. This is part of the Downtown Dubai complex that includes the Burj Al Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It was about half way back to the airport. I had gone there the night before with my business colleagues. We racked up damn near $500 on alcohol and appetizers at a bar looking over the water fountain area. But, everything closed early that evening, so I didn’t get to do anything. A guy at the customer service desk said I should buy my ticket to “At the top”, the observation deck, so I had asked my hotel concierge, who said don’t bother. Well, I should have, because by the time I got there to buy, the first opening was 8 pm, a bit later than I wanted. However, I had one of the biggest malls in the world to explore.

This mall is 4 levels, and each level is the size of a standard “big” mall in the US. It was ginormous. However, most of the shops were very upscale. I mean VERY VERY upscale. Fendi, Luis Vitton, Jean Paul Goutier (he has a store?), and other’s I had never heard of. Most of the stores had shelves that would have one bag and a pair of boots on it, then a clothes rack with 3 garments on it. Very few items. Hell, one store even had a velvet rope and bouncer at the door. One candy store looked more like a jewelry store.

There were some standard stores, a toy store with all American stuff in it (very little had arabic on it), some electronics stores. I ended up eating at Outback, which was OK, but not as good as US. The mall was pretty empty for their “Friday Night”. The only area that was kicking was the theater area, which was essentially walled off from the rest of the mall, I guess to keep the crowd noise from echoing through the empty hallways.

I bought a toy for my son, and the woman, who had said I looked like Chuck Norris, tried to short change me $5. I got some Krispy Kremes (they had hats, but they were all English). I REALLY wanted to see the movie Shanghai, with Chow Yun Fat. I had never even heard of this movie, and it’s open in Dubai, and is an English movie with John Cusack. It was a THX theater, and would have been a great experience, but I had an elevator ticket already.

This area also contained Sega Republic, a smaller version of Japan's Joypolis. The coaster was much better than the torture device in Japan. Spin Gear is themed to Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. The spinning was thankfully minimum, and the layout was decent, with a few special effects. The lockker system was very good too, with individual ones for all riders, for free.

I headed to the elevator. There was a waiting area showing just how big the Burj Al Khalifa is. It blows away all other buildings. The observation decks is only the second highest, which really surprised me, but it is the highest outdoors one. The elevator ride (it’s only one single ride) up was very cool. Full of light effects, and so smooth you really couldn’t even tell you were moving except for the ear popping. Amazing that it was so fast and smooth. When the doors opened, it really shocked you that you were that much higher up. I took plenty of pics of the Dubai night time view, and headed back down.

The fountain show wasn’t operational. Rumored to be due to the fact that so few people are coming to the mall. The much touted Gold Souk was eerily empty, with tons of vacant stores, and shop keepers running after you, trying to sell you something.

I saw the two other Dubai parks from the taxi, but I’ve heard they are both scarily ran, and really not worth the taxi fare and effort for portable credits.

Dubai is an amazing city. Hopefully I’ll return some day.
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Pictures don't do it justice, the Burj Khalifa
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I'm pretty sure this was all out of my price range.
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I can only imagine how expensive this stuff was.
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I really wish I had gone in to ask how much one piece was.
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McDonalds had Pizza McPuffs!
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The Gold Souk had hundreds of store fronts. I would guess 70% were empty. A sign of the economic times.
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Luckily, there wasn't a steep entry fee like in Japan, it was pay as you go.
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The main attraction.
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The queue had some story about Robotnik. There was no wait.
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The only visible part of the coaster. There were some sound and ligh effects along the way.
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They had the Spin Boarder ride too. ALong with some large scale simulator attractions.
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The incredible view from At the Top.
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It was still a long way up to the top.
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One more incredible view before leaving.

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