Adrenalin rushes are guaranteed at this water park at the Atlantis The Palm resort. A 1.6km-long 'river' with rapids, wave surges and waterfalls meanders through vast grounds that are anchored by two towers. A highlight is the ziggurat-shaped Tower of Neptune, with three slides, including the aptly named Leap of Faith, a near-vertical plunge into a shark-infested lagoon.

Thrill seekers will also want to be tossed and churned in the serpentines of the Aquaconda, the world's largest waterslide, and to be catapulted and plummeted in the gravity-defying Zoomerango slide. To keep an eye on the action, whoosh 20m above the park on the Atlantean Flyer zipline (Dhs100). Those under 120cm tall can keep cool with tamer rides, a wave pool and an enormous water playground. Tickets also include same-day access to the sandy 700m-long Aquaventure beach.