Qatar racing to finish worlds tallest slide waterpark before World Cup ends

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    Qatar faces a race against time to complete the world's craziest waterpark before the World Cup final.

    Meryal Waterpark is expected to be marked as a huge entertainment hub in the city of Lusail – with its centrepiece The Icon, labelled to be almost as big as Big Ben.

    The Middle Eastern country is battling to open the aqua site on Qetaifan Island North ahead of December 18.

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    It will feature the world's tallest slide and crisscrossing tubes, which are being developed by Canadian slide company, WhiteWater West.

    As part of the park, its main attraction will be a tower which includes 12 rides with two on each of the tower's six levels.

    The tower is so high that visitors will need to travel via elevators to reach the access point, reports The Sun.

    "In addition to breaking a world record for the tallest water slide, the Icon Tower will also feature the most water slides on a single tower," said WhiteWater West.

    According to Qatari news outlets, the mega-complex will be able to welcome a staggering 50,000 visitors each day during the World Cup.

    Meryal Waterpark is only 3 miles away from the Lusail Stadium and was labelled a "must go" for football fans.

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    The thrill-seeking complex will be home to 36 rides and was advertised to open its doors to guests during November and December.

    However, it seems to be under construction with workers pictured on the 14-square-mile patch of land.

    Recent coverage has highlighted concerns over rapid developments being built at the hands of suffering migrant workers.

    Human rights groups believe over 6,500 workers have died in the country since they were approved to host the World Cup.

    The country has a two million migrant workforce, with many employees said to be working in scorching conditions for low pay.

    But Doha has denied such mistreatment and says it is proactively working to better the standards.

    Billions of pounds have been spent constructing Lusail.

    Once work is finalised, the city should have a theme park, two marinas, a lagoon, two golf courses, 22 hotels, shopping sites and more.

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