CLYMB is now 50% complete and on track for a September 2018 opening. The venue is a $100m indoor climbing wall and skydiving center in Abu Dhabi and will help Yas Island in its quest to become a top family tourist destination. The attraction for flyers and climbers combines excitement and adventure together but will also include retailers, food and beverage outlets, and a space to host parties which makes it a complete leisure center, said Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral.
The new home of extreme sports is a Dhs367 million project developed by Miral on Yas Island has a futuristic design and will be “the world’s widest flight chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall.” It will, then, break two world records.
In fact, CLYMB Abu Dhabi will have the biggest vertical recirculating wind tunnel (air will flow in a loop between the flight chamber and the back thanks to fans) and when complete will have a diameter at 32ft (9.75m). Other facilities have smaller chambers: SkyVenture Nad al Sheba at 12ft (3.7m), SkyVenture Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, has a 12ft (3.7m) open flow wind tunnel type.
So, are you in the mood for flying or climbing?
At present, Abu Dhabi Country Club is the only indoor skydiving facility – called Spacewalk – until Yas Island’s CLYMB venue is complete. There, flying-enthusiasts can literally feel like flying in the air with the help of a vertical wind tunnel that produces enough wind to lift up the person, without jumping out of an airplane or using a parachute, while an instructor guides them.
Alternatively, one can take up indoor skydiving in a vertical recirculating wind tunnel at iFly Dubai’s at 10ft (3.1m) and Inflight Dubai’s at 16.5ft (5.03m) that makes controlled human flight a reality as it provides the same feeling loved by outdoor skydivers.
With CLYMB, Abu Dhabi will soon have another proper indoor artificial climbing wall that will be open to the public. The indoor climbing wall with its height of 43 meters will have climbing sections zones for beginner, intermediate and expert climbers and include four walls of varying difficulty.
Visitors can look forward to a challenging, realistic rock climb allowing climbers to train on to build up their skills and confidence.
Otherwise, there are many areas for climbing walls located around Dubai. Some choices include Talise Fitness in the Mina Salam and The Wall in the DWTC. The Pharaohs Club in The Wafi also has an indoor wall.
Ready to Fly or Climb!? These indoor recreational sporting activities are the perfect fitness hobby for adrenalin thrill seekers. No fear, however, as there are staff on hand who are instructors qualified to teach the techniques and make the experience safe.
To discover more about rock climbing and skydiving, you can read issues of OutdoorUAE magazine which contain articles on all outdoor sport leisure activities, as well as captures indoor happenings.