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DreamLand Water Park (UAQ)


Page update - Oct 26, 2022

Attention! DreamLand Waterpark is located in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, NOT in Dubai. For some unknown reason many tourists are always looking for DreamLand in Dubai. There has never been a DreamLand Waterpark in Dubai.

The DreamLand Waterpark advertisement says, "The largest water park in the United Arab Emirates". And it is indeed the largest by square. But the other features and figures don't hold any records. DreamLand Waterpark has many strong pros and cons, about which we will talk in detail below on this page.

Now (October 2022) DreamLand Waterpark is open. The rules of free entrance for small kids have changed from the age limit to the height limit. Read all the details below on this page.

Facts and Figures

DreamLand Waterpark opened on June 12, 1997, and is one of the oldest water amusement parks in the UAE. The authorities of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain have allocated a large plot of land for the water park, about 1600x1300 feet (500x400 meters), which is 2,080,000 square feets (200,000 square meters, 20 hectares). DreamLand became the largest in terms of square not only in the UAE but also in the entire Middle East.

Since then, the water park has undergone several upgrades and 5 new slides have been added. Now (note: the page was updated in October 2022) more slides are under construction.

The slogan of DreamLand Waterpark is "Fun is a right for everyone!"

DreamLand now has 15 large water rides. Among them: a pool with artificial waves, a large jacuzzi, a children's area, a saltwater pool "dead sea", a lazy river. There are 8 big slides for adult visitors. There is also a mini zoo and a water sports area.

This good set of slides is the first advantage of the DreamLand water park.

However, there are no really big, unusual or exciting rides like in Dubai's Wild Wadi or Aquaventure. The slides are ordinary and not at all scary for tourists. This is a big minus.

Where is it located and how to get there

DreamLand Waterpark is located in the eastern part of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain, about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the city of Umm Al Quwain. Getting there is the main big problem for visitors.

There is only one hotel next to DreamLand Water Park, it is Barracuda Beach Resort. The distance between the hotel and the water park is only 300 feet (about 100 meters). But there is no direct road, and visitors have to make a detour and walk 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to enter the water park.

In case of other hotels in Umm Al Quwain, you will have to take a cab. Recall that there is no other public transport in the emirate, not even buses. The cab ride to DreamLand will cost from 45 to 55 dirhams. See the current exchange rates of the Emirati dirham on our page "UAE currency", for the fares see our page "Taxis in the UAE".

A cab from hotels in Ajman costs 75-85 dirhams. From hotels in Sharjah a cab will cost you 100-120 dirhams. From Dubai it's around 150-180 dirhams. From Ras Al Khaimah it's 80-100 dirhams.

Theoretically, you can get by bus Dubai-Ras Al Khaimah, but it doesn't save much money, and it will take a lot of time and effort. Not recommended.



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Excursion is not a bad option

DreamLand Waterpark is the rare case when buying a tour is more profitable than going on your own.

For example, the excursion from Ajman costs about USD 55 for an adult, and this price includes the cost of the entrance ticket, which costs 43 dollars (160 dirhams). It turns out that for only USD 12 you will be taken directly from the hotel to the water park, and then back.

In this situation it is more profitable and convenient to buy a tour than to go on your own.

Entrance fee

Adult (height above 1.2 meters): 160 dirhams (AED).

Child (height between 0.8 and 1.2 meters): 100 dirhams.

Senior citizen ticket (age 65 and above): 100 dirhams.

Free for children under height of 2.62 feet (80 centimeters) and people with disabilities.

For the latest exchange rate of the Emirati dirham please visit our "UAE currency" page.

There is also the annual pass. It costs 600 dirhams for an adult and 400 for a child. For tourists this annual pass is of little interest.

Parking at the DreamLand water park is free. There are 2,000 parking spaces.

Lockers for visitors' belongings - free of charge.

Towels are not given out at all. Bring your own or buy in a local store for a minimum 45 dirhams.

There are no "golden" or "silver" tickets, as it is common in Dubai or Abu Dhabi water parks. The queue for the slides is always the same for everyone.

The water park has a CPS-system (Cashless Payment System). You get a special bracelet at the entrance, with which you can take drinks or snacks in the cafe, or buy something in the store. On the way out you pay the debt.

The low price is a big advantage of DreamLand. The price of AED 160 is much more attractive than AED 300 for Aquaventure or Wild Wadi in Dubai.



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Working hours

From January to March - from 10 am to 6 pm on all days.

In April and May - from 10 am to 6 pm, on Fridays during this period - from 10 am to 7 pm. It should be reminded that in the UAE, Friday from January 3, 2022 is a semi-weekend. Read our review "Friday in the UAE" for details.

In June - from 10 am to 6 pm, on Fridays during this period - from 10 am to 7-30 pm.

In July - from 10 am to 7 pm, on Fridays in this period - from 10 am to 8 pm.

In August, 10 am to 6 pm, on Fridays during this period, 10 am to 8 pm.

In September, 10 am to 6 pm, on Fridays during this period, 10 am to 7-30 pm.

In October, November and December - from 10 am to 6 pm, on Fridays in this period - from 10 am to 6 pm.

During the month of Ramadan, it is from 10 am to 4 pm. However, we do not recommend you to come during Ramadan, as in the park there are all the relevant bans on food and drink. Read our review "Ramadan in the UAE" for details.

As you see, the timetable is rather complicated. Moreover, the park timings may change without prior notice. We strongly recommend to re-check the timetable at the official web-site dreamlanduae.com

Additional expenses

They will be weighty. DreamLand Waterpark does not have a "re-enter" system like other water parks and amusement parks in the UAE. That is, you can not leave the water park and go back using the same ticket. If you left, you have to buy a new ticket to re-enter.

Accordingly, to spend a whole day of water fun there, you will need something to eat and drink. Bringing in food or drinks is strictly forbidden. Belongings are looked at the entrance by security personnel, exceptions are made for baby food and baby water.

As a result, you can't go out to eat or drink, you can't bring food and drinks with you. You'll have to buy in the park, and the prices are high.

At the local Snack Attack cafe: cheese, fish, chicken sticks or nuggets cost 15-20 dirhams for 5-6 pieces, ice cream 12-15, water or coffee 8-10.

At the Atlantis restaurant: small pizzas 40-50 dirhams, burgers and sandwiches 40-45, desserts 15-20, juices and drinks 10-20, coffee 10-12, meat and fish dishes 40-60, a big plate of seafood 120. A snippet of the menu can be seen in the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.

At the Sajaman hookah shop: juices and drinks - 10-12 dirhams, manakish flatbread - 20-25, hookah - 40.

There are a few more kiosks with drinks, snacks and ice cream, the prices there are similar to the above. In order to drink and eat during the water fun, prepare another 100-150 dirhams per person. And that is a big disadvantage of DreamLand, if you compare it with other water parks in the UAE.

Alcohol

Alcohol is NOT sold at DreamLand Waterpark. You can not bring your own. You can not go inside if you are drunk as the security guards talk close to each visitor during the inspection and can sure smell alcohol.

Such strict measures are taken for a reason. The fact is that close to the water park is the largest in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain liquor store Barracuda Wine Shop (The Original Barracuda). There are many people wishing to follow the route "wine and liquor store -> water park", and it is them that the guards are looking out for.



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Slides and rides

As we said before, the set of slides at DreamLand is good, although without any frills.

Family Rift Ride

The most interesting slide at the DreamLand water park. You can ride a large tubing for up to 5 people. The slide is wide and long, passes in 15 seconds. The main feature of this ride is that the tube rises up on a special conveyor, which is insanely convenient.

Slide Five

Multi Slide for 5 people, 4 bends on the road - more than worthy.

Twisting Dragons

Four parallel enclosed slides. Nothing unusual, only the exits are shaped like dragon heads, hence the name. See pictures nearby, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.

Kamikadze

Considered the most extreme slide in DreamLand. Although in fact - it's a standard kamikaze slide with two tracks - the first straight, the second with a twist.

Twister

Some people call such a slide "toilet slide". You ride 130 feet (40 meters) down the tube, at the end you end up in a big bowl, from the bowl you fall down into the pool.

Black Hole

A long enclosed slide. No total darkness inside, there is a small backlight, which is nice.

Mighty GoRound

Two long slides. Riding on them without a tubing. A great way to compete with friends - who has the swim trunks with the best hydrodynamics.

Rafting River

Similar long slide, but the tubing is used. See pictures below, click on the photo to enlarge.

Lake-O-Waves

The largest artificial wave pool in the UAE.

Jacuzzi

This is a network of circular Jacuzzi pools covered by a sun shade. Lying in it is a pure pleasure.

Aqua Play

A children's area with 19 different mini-activities.

Rules, dress code and tips for tourists

- Swimming suits must be modest. It says so in the rules, but without any specifics. Let's explain: no strings, no mini-variants, no translucence for women. Men are better off wearing boxer briefs;

- There should be no beads, buckles or any metal jewelry on the swimsuit;

- If security show a problem with the swimsuit, you can buy a more modest or without forbidden items swimsuit at a local store;

- If you won't be allowed in at the entrance (for example, because of the smell of alcohol), there is no refund of the ticket;

- There must not be any tattoos on the visitor's body that would be considered obscene in the UAE. For example, if you tattooed a mermaid with a naked bust when you were young, in the DreamLand Waterpark you will have to ride in a T-shirt. You can buy clothes at the local store;

- Before riding, you will have to remove watches, bracelets, glasses, and anything metal. These are the safety rules;

- Water in the local pools is not heated in the winter. The water in the morning may be cold - 41°F (15°C) and below. Read our review "Weather in the Arab Emirates";

- The rules of behavior are the same as in other public places in the UAE. Read our review "Rules of behavior for tourists in the UAE".

We wish you great fun on the water slides, and read our interesting reviews about the Arab Emirates (see the list of the links below).

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