On the main highway to Queen Alia International Airport is one of the best places to visit in Amman if ever you start missing the beach: the Amman Waves and Aqua Park Resort. The resort, also popularly referred to as Amman Waves, was inaugurated in 2004 and thus gained the reputation of being the first as well as largest water park in the country, with a total of 80,000 square metres to its spread. With that much area, you can safely expect there to be a fair number of attractions worth the notice of the water-loving tourist here.
For example, you could start off with the resort’s artificial beach, with is linked to a wave pool where simulated waves bring to mind gentle ocean currents. There are also slides galore, of course, with fairly promising (if slightly uninspired) names such as “Big Splash” and “Big Bang”. Do not be surprised if you see parents waiting at the bottom of the larger slides for their children, who are often brought up to the tops of the slides by resort employees. Some westerners can be caught off guard by the daring of the children involved in these operations-since they are often so young-but it is considered normal here.
There is also a 300-metre-long Lazy River on which you can laze about with the help of an inner tube or air mattress. The river is about 3 metres wide and goes through some lovely scenery along its length: at some point, you are brought through a tunnel too. As for the children, they might enjoy the Kiddie Lagoon. There is a slide, swings, and even some sculptures of animals like elephants and hippopotami right in the water, for some added interest. The kids’ parents might be interested in getting in some relaxation or fitness time at the Body Waves area, where there is a 25x12m heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and fitness equipment for the health buff. Clearly, practically everything you might want from an aqua park can be found in the Amman Waves and Aqua Park Resort. Entry is fairly cheap and inclusive of most pools too.
Now a common issue foreigners think of when they first visit the Amman Waves and Aqua Park Resort is that of what to wear. This is particularly salient if the visitor is someone coming from a more liberated or westernised country. The common source of the confusion here is from the prescriptions on women’s wear and bodily exposure in Islamic law, which leads many a westerner to worry that her apparel is not going to be permissible for use in the resort. Actually, you need not worry too much: the Amman Waves and Aqua Park Resort is fairly liberal, all things considered, and a wide range of swimsuit types can be seen here, from the bikini (yes, they are indeed allowed) to shorts to a modified muhajabah that covers up most of the skin. It is your call what you are comfortable with wearing. A word of advice to the men, though: there is in fact a specifically banned piece of clothing here, and it is for males. This is none other than the Speedo.