Water parks have begun to open their doors in Iran and their popularity is skyrocketing.
Iranians have long complained about a lack of recreational opportunities, and the advent of the water parks — including a sprawling, open-air facility run by the municipal government — suggests that public officials and private sector investors now see opportunity in offering citizens new ways to have fun.
The parks have brought welcome relief to young people suffering through the hottest Iranian summers in nearly a half-century.
Check out the list below for a much cooler summer.
1- Water Waves Land, Mashhad
The sport-cultural complex of the water park called Water Waves Land is considered as the largest indoor water park across the Middle East and in terms of expanse, being roofed and equipped with facilities, it is among the most perfect water parks of the world. Different parts of the water park are the wave pool, the waterfall, raging rivers, slow and fast slides, the black hole, the space hole, the sauna and Jacuzzi. This water park in terms of Islamic principles also is the first water park in the world where women can use the facilities in separate and special way in couple days. Admission is about $17 US for adults.
2- Aftab (Sunshine) Coast Park, Mashhad
Aftab (Sunshine) Coast Park as the second largest water park in Mashhad was put into operation in summer 2011 on a land area of 4,000 square meters and 15,000 square meters of infrastructure. This complex has 7 floors and is among the world’s largest stratiform water parks in terms of the number of stories and the infrastructure. Roaring Waterfall with a height of over 18 m, speed slides, twin slides, twisting slide and 6 giant circles, unroofed slide and space hole slide, dining pool, Sputa salt pool with health and peeling skin benefits, and sand sauna are examples of attraction in the Aftab Coast Park.
3-Pars Aqua Village, Tehran
Located in Tehran-Karaj Hwy, Pars Aqua Village is an indoor water park with wave pools, slides & roller coasters plus swimming, sauna & spa facilities.
4- Ahvaz Water Park, Ahvaz
Ahvaz water park was put into operation in winter 2013 on a land area of 10,000 square meters. Located in Khuzestan province, this complex has pools, skating rinks, restaurant, coffee shop and parking with some unique recreational equipment.
5-Tabriz Aqua Park, Tabriz
Located in Shahid Yaghchiyan distinct in Tabriz, this park was inaugurated in 2013 on a land area of 8,000 square meters.
6- Qom Water Park, Qom
The public water park in Qom is the latest water park that was opened recently in the religious city.
news.aqr.ir & Washington post contributed to this report