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Atlantis waterpark extension set for big launch

Aquaventure waterpark on Palm Jumeirah to add new rides mid-September.

Atlantis, home to the newly-extended Aquaventure theme park
Atlantis, home to the newly-extended Aquaventure theme park

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Final testing is underway on the extension to the Aquaventure water park on The Palm Jumerah, Dubai, with the new giant rides set to open in mid-September.

The extension started in February this year just weeks after Abu Dhabi’s giant Yas Waterworld opened as Aquaventure sought to keep itself as the seventh most popular waterpark in the world.

Building work has gone on throughout the summer alongside the Atlantis Hotel, based around a centre 40m pyramid with slides being built around the world then shipped to Dubai for assembly.

The main attraction is expected to be the Aquaconda, which will allow up to six people in a raft, as well as the longest zipwire in the world. Aquaventure covers 20 hectares and the extension will increase the size of the park by almsot 50%.

Opening was originally hoped by Eid Al Fitr, but this week bosses said they were aiming to open next month.

"We're in phase one of the conditioning and testing of the new rides," said Scott Deisley, vice president of Aquaventure Operations, speaking to The National newspaper.

"We gathered our most experienced lifeguards to be on the opening team, learning how to operate and getting safety training on the new rides.

"We're really excited to say Aquaconda has operated exactly the way we anticipated. By the time the new rides open to the public, over 15,000 riders will have tested the new experiences at Aquaventure."

1.3 million people visited the waterpark last year.

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