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Atkins' innovative design in Abu Dhabi wins international award

Atkins' innovative design on Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi has won a Leading Edge award at the recent World Waterpark Association (WWA) symposium. The inaugural Leading Edge award recognises those who have brought a project to fruition and demonstrated industry leadership and innovation. Yas Waterworld is the first water park of its kind, evolving from a purely water based park to an adventure attraction complete with rollercoasters.

Judges highlighted Atkins for its design work and were impressed with Atkins' architectural ingenuity, theming and original storyline.

With the themes of Emirati heritage and history briefed by the client Aldar, Atkins' architects pay tribute to the country's pearl diving traditions. The park follows the adventures of Dana, a young Emirati in search of a legendary lost pearl which would return prosperity and fortune to the people of her fishing village. Along her journey, Dana is joined by a cast of characters inspired by Atkins' architects, which manifest themselves in the zones and rides throughout the park, bringing the story to life and immersing the guests in the experience.

Kevin Johnson, Atkins' design manager for the project picked up the award on behalf of the Atkins' team in Las Vegas last week. Yas Waterworld on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island will open to the public later this year and will incorporate 43 rides and attractions for all ages.

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