It's been delayed by more than a year, but the UAE's rock-climbing enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the world’s largest indoor, air-conditioned climbing wall is set to open in Abu Dhabi on Friday, November 29.
Located on Yas Island and connected to Yas Mall and Ferrari World, the sporting facility will feature a 43-metre indoor climbing wall – the world’s tallest – which will be perfect for beginner, intermediate and expert climbers. There will be four walls in total, of varying and increasing difficulty.
The Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said the opening date was brought forward from 2020 to November this year.
"A Dh367 million project, Clymb Abu Dhabi is designed to present unique sporting challenges to active lifestyle enthusiasts from around the world and enhances the emirate’s position as a global tourism destination, with world-class attractions for all travellers," the media office said.
And it doesn't end there. The project will also be home to the world’s widest flight chamber, according to developer, Miral.
The flight chamber will allow guests to mimic a skydiving experience in a 9.75m-wide chamber, which makes it the world’s widest. So, if you're too afraid to commit to a full Skydive Dubai jump, you can get a taste for the adventure sport here.
In March last year, progress on the indoor skydiving and climbing-wall venue was delayed when a fire broke out at the construction site. It had been scheduled to open last year.
Visit www.miral.ae/en/destinations/clymb for more information.
Indoor climbing in the UAE
If you can't wait to get your climb on before Clymb opens next year, other sites around the UAE offer climbing walls indoors. These include: Mountain Extreme Dubai at Capital Golden Tower, Business Bay; Dorrell Sports Climbing Centre, DWTC Apartments, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai; and Adventure HQ, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi.
You can also get a taste for flight chambers at iFly Dubai, City Centre Mirdif.
Ticket and timing information
Clymb will be open from noon to 9pm on Sunday through Thursday and noon to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Ticket pricing has also been announced. Indoor skydiving tickets start from Dh215 for beginners, inclusive of pre-flight training, flight gear rental, one-on-one flight instruction and two flights. Pro-flyers who have prior experience can book with rates starting at Dh700.
Tickets for indoor wall climbing start from Dh95 for beginners and is inclusive of 90-minute access to indoor climbing walls and instructor supervision. Those who are more experienced can buy a ticket starting from Dh100 that includes a mandatory level check by an instructor (either level 2, 3 or 4) and safety briefing. Both tickets are inclusive of climbing gear rental including helmet, harness and climbing shoes.