Yas Waterworld is famous for its perfect display of innovative design. The first hybrid park of its kind, it has evolved the water park into an adventure attraction complete with questing adventures and an interactive rollercoaster normally associated with theme parks. This attraction is spread on the area of more than 11 hectares. It houses 43 marvelous and thrilling rides, slides man-made caves, mountains, rivers, and beaches including four unique ‘world’s first’ rides and activities.
The project involved considerable technical challenges with many rides and complicated special effects requiring sophisticated MEP designs, not least because the 55.2km of pipework and 20.2km of cabling had to be constructed almost totally underground in order to avoid any kind of interference with rides so the visitors could also enjoy this attraction to the maximum extent.
Yas Island already comprises the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World and Yas Link’s golf course supported by five hotels and serviced apartments. Yas Waterworld is now an integral part of Yas Island’s entertainment portfolio and is the newest tourism destination for Abu Dhabi, drawing in regional and international crowds. As architects, theme designers and engineers on the park, Atkins’ teams from the UK and the Middle East celebrated their contribution when it opened in January 2013. The designers were tasked to plan, design and deliver the project, with a key remit to maximize sustainable design standards throughout the park in order to achieve an Estidama Pearl One sustainability rating. By pairing advanced technology with exceptional planning and engineering the design reduced energy use and water consumption.
The project involved detailed design work, such as the Pearl Crag Mountain which required hundreds of tonnes of hand-carved rockwork and 1.2 million kilograms of supporting steelwork, all of which were modeled in 3D and then interwoven with the rest of the park. The design evolved from the concept in close collaboration with Aldar and Farah Leisure and took into account the critical nature of construction work sequencing, time allowance for theming completion, and continuity of design; and it was vitally important that throughout all the planning and delivery stages, sustainability remained a key consideration. Its design ensured native, low water use landscaping was employed throughout with a subsurface irrigation strategy to minimize evaporation loss. Specialist aquatic filters, on-site chlorine generation and extensive use of shade all contributed to a sustainably constructed and operated theme park. During the build process, the Atkins team implemented a strategy for diverting more than 60% of constructional and operational waste from landfill and made use of an advanced Building Management System (BMS) that enabled full control of 90% of the rides aquatic systems providing early identification of any unforeseen problems.
An integrated energy metering system monitors energy consumption of the facilities and using orientation, insulation, and shade has reduced the total energy required for cooling by 18%. Atkins was responsible for architecture, theme design, landscape, the MEP, structural engineering, infrastructure, acoustics, ICT and security, and overall site supervision on the project. Yas Waterworld is one of the most fun-filled places in Abu Dhabi, and now you can experience it in a very colorful new way. The park has the new attraction of Neon nights, which makes the park come to life in night time after the sunset, featuring breathtaking illuminating features. During the neon nights the visitors can have the chance to ride all 40 of the rides and enjoy all the attractions within the dark, one of the most famous attraction is the hydro-jet action show, the guests and visitors love to party in silent disco and enjoy the colored rings on UAE’s one and only neon river Plus, if you get peckish, you can visit the neon buffet for Dhs75 per person. Tickets are for adults and separate for children. Or if you’re going as a group, you can take advantage of the new residents’ offer which gives you a 25 percent discount when you book for four people or more.
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