Yas Island Waterpark, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Yas Waterworld is the latest addition to the number of attractions on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi which include the Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit race track.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi’s theme is based on a legend that represents local Emirati culture and heritage. The attractions within the waterpark are based on the adventures of the waterpark’s main character Dana – a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl that brought prosperity to her village.

dpa was commissioned to design the architectural lighting for the interior, exterior façade and landscape areas within the Water park. The design brief was to use themed decorative lanterns and discreet luminaires for lighting within all areas of the waterpark. Therefore, functional luminaires integrated within the decorative lanterns are used in most of the areas within the waterpark in order to provide illumination, with unobtrusive fixtures and minimum glare.

The indoor areas include a themed Souk (Market) with cyclorama ceiling depicting sky above the shop fronts. The ceiling is illuminated by linear fluorescent luminaires with coloured gel sleeves concealed within the roof of the shops, which facilitate change in the colour of the sky during the day, evening and night. In addition to the indirect lighting from the cyclorama ceiling, themed lanterns and discreet luminaires provide the general illumination within the Souk. Highlighting to the niches over the shop facades within the Souk is provided by concealed Linear LED luminaires.

The wind towers and niches on the exterior façade of the souk and other buildings within the water park are highlighted by concealed linear fluorescent and LED luminaires. Themed decorative lanterns with low energy compact fluorescent lamps provide general illumination in most of the areas around the souk building and within the walkways of the water park.

Careful attention to detail ensured that the lighting to various rides structures, pools and ride entry/exit areas is provided by discreet luminaires that are concealed either within the landscaped areas or integrated within the decorative luminaires.

Client: Miral
Architect: WS Atkins