Wild Wadi Research Paper
Wild Wadi is an Arabian themed water park that opened on 12 acres of land in 1999 and is considered to be one of the world’s most innovative water parks. It is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With over 30 rides that appeal to both young and old, and featuring a network of interconnected waterslides, Wild Wadi is considered one of the top 10 things to do while visiting Dubai. In 2011 Wild Wadi was the fastest growing Water Park in the world and the 3rd fast growing park out of all theme parks. It was named the 13th most attended water park in the world and has over 890,000 visitors per year and a daily capacity of 2500 guests. Wild Wadi has 5 retail shops and 6 restaurants and with it’s unique cashless system that allows you to load money on to a special wristband, customers will have everything they need to enjoy a hassle free day in the park. The UAE is a small country bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman. Although Abu Dhabi is the capital, many people are more familiar with Dubai because of its famous iconic buildings such as the Burj Al Arab (the worlds first seven star hotel) and the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world). The population of UAE is approximately 8.19 million with over 9 million tourists visiting Dubai every year. The local Emirati population only makes up about 11% of the population and 85% of the labour force in the UAE is made up of expatriates from around the world. The local language is Arabic although English is also commonly used. A big environmental challenge for the United Arab Emirates is its lack of natural freshwater sources. To help combat this, they have desalination plants, which filter the salt out of the seawater. This process has its drawbacks. Horner (2010) noted, “Perhaps the biggest drawback to desalination, however, is the effect it has on aquatic ecosystems surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Desalination plants kill marine organisms – from phytoplankton to fish – on the intake, pump hot, saline sludge back into the ocean after purification, and emit considerable amounts of carbon dioxide (which accounts for why the UAE and neighboring countries Qatar and Bahrain, which also employ desalination, have the biggest per capita carbon footprints in the world).” (Horner, 2010, para. 4) This in particular makes Wild Wadi’s location unique when it comes to sustainability issues because it is a water park located in an environment that does not have a lot of fresh water. Sustainability Issues:
Environmental Impacts for Theme Parks:
Theme parks have the resources available to help protect the environment Theme parks can foster conservation and preservation of natural resources They can lead by example by to protecting and preserving the environment. They can help in protecting flora and fauna and beautifying the local area. Negative:
Water consumption. With Wild Wadi being located in a desert environment, this would affect them drastically. Air, noise, and light pollution.
Waste management of both solid and liquid waste.
Theme parks use of natural resources and land could lead to them destroying natural habitats of plants and animals. Overuse of land and other natural resources.
Theme parks use a lot of energy.
The introduction of toxic chemicals and pollutants. Water parks use some chemicals that are harmful to the environment such as chlorine. Theme parks often have a large carbon footprint.
Economic Impacts for Theme Parks:
Theme parks can generate growth for local businesses.
Increases employment opportunities for women, disadvantaged groups, and the local community. Creates a better standard of living for the local community. Assists in developing infrastructure in the area.
The use of local food and supplies helps generate income for the local community. The multiplier effect. The revenues from tourists will be re-spent in the local community in other businesses. Negative:...
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