Ice-themed waterpark opens in RAK

Guest Writer

The ice-themed waterpark – Ice Land Water Park - has opened its doors in Ras Al Khaimah as part of the emirate’s 125-acre WOW RAK theme park and resort destination.
The water park, designed to accommodate more than 10,000 guests daily, will open its doors to the public from 29 September featuring 50 water attractions and water slides.
Ice Land Water Park will also showcase a number of landmark attractions including the world’s largest manmade water fall and the largest rain dance pool in the world.
It is managed by Polo RAK Amusement, a joint venture between India’s Polo Amusement Group and RAK Properties PJSC and RAK Investment Authority.
“Ice Land Water Park will distinguish itself from other water parks around the world through its unique ‘Enduring Guest Experiences’ concept wherein we will offer guest experiences with segmental appeal to tap a wider range of age, lifestyle and culture groups,” said Balwant Singh, Managing Director, Polo RAK Amusement.
“For instance, we have built the Kids Cove as a dedicated place for toddlers primarily because children and toddlers are often overlooked in facility planning of other water parks.”
The Penguin Falls located at the entrance of Ice Land Water Park is the world’s largest manmade water fall that stands 120 feet tall and 540 feet wide with 100,000 gallons of water cascading down its contours each minute. Penguin Bay, an interactive water play area, is the largest rain dance pool in the world measuring 30,000 sq feet and offering shaded discos, open discos, rain showers and the “Rock Hoppers Den”, which is a fully equipped stage with acoustics and theatre lighting for pulsating performances.
Other novel attractions of Ice Land Water Park include the Aqua Games, a regular-size soccer field with soft turf, shallow water and rain showers to offer a unique soccer experience; the Coral Reef, which offers real-life snorkelling experience in a manmade coral reef complete with live fish; and the Tundra Baths, forerunners of the modern-day spas and Jacuzzis that carry with them a legacy of therapeutic powers of hydro massage.
There is also the Kids Cove, a dedicated play area for the toddlers with shallow waters, miniature slides and a sand pit; and the Slide Zone with 24 water slides emerging from five towers from heights of up to 110 feet, giving visitors a majestic view and a unique experience as they slide down heavily themed snow-clad mountains and mountain streams.
The entire park is covered by an integrated RFID system to include ticketing, access control, lockers, food court and merchandising transactions.
Trained lifeguards, wireless radio network covering all critical areas are also part of the safety mechanisms adopted by the facility.
Ice Land Water Park is the first phase of WOW RAK, the complete family entertainment getaway. A chalet-type seaside resort and the shopping mall, which consist the second phase of WOW RAK, are expected to open in autumn 2011. The Shopping mall will offer a rich entertainment experience with multiplex theatres, 4D theatre, ice skating rink and lots more. The Planet Earth amusement park, which will include five intensively themed zones (Cosmos, Oceanic, Amazon, Mountain and Desert) each featuring a signature ride besides other attractions, will open in autumn 2012.

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