New highs: Abu Dhabi's Clymb recognised with two Guinness World Records

The Yas Island attraction is home to the tallest indoor climbing wall and the largest skydiving wind tunnel in the world

Climber Sasha DiGiulian scales the world's tallest indoor climbing wall at Clymb Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Climber Sasha DiGiulian scales the world's tallest indoor climbing wall at Clymb Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National

If you're looking for something different to do in these last few weeks of summer, Clymb Abu Dhabi might be a good option.

The Yas Island attraction is celebrating being recognised with two Guinness World Records for the largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel and the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall.

Clymb Abu Dhabi on Yas Island is officially recognised with two Guinness World Records. Courtesy Clymb
Clymb Abu Dhabi opened on Yas Island in 2019. Courtesy Clymb Abu Dhabi

Towering in at 42.16 metres, the climbing wall is the pinnacle of the purpose-built centre, which has five climbing areas in total. As well as the record-breaking summit, there's also a 20-metre advanced wall, a 10-metre intermediate wall, a six-metre beginner wall, and a bouldering area that spans 56 metres.

Beginner climbers that want to give it a go can book a 60-minute introductory session that includes instructor supervision, and access to what is known as The 3 Peaks route – the bouldering wall, beginner wall and intermediate climbing slope. All gear is included and is carefully sanitised after each use.

Gravity-defying thrills

For thrill seekers looking to defy gravity, the 10-metre-wide and 54.6-metre-high indoor skydiving wind tunnel is also the biggest of its type in the world.

Users wear a flying suit, safety goggles and a helmet then enter the chamber under the guidance of an instructor. Participants as young as three years old can try this flying experience and attempt to master some mid-air twists and turns.

And if you're more of a spectator fan, the complimentary viewing platforms are open at 30 per cent capacity for anyone to join and watch others tackle the tunnel or see the instructors show off their expert moves.

Official title holder

“As the title holders of the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel and world’s tallest indoor artificial climbing wall, we are able to provide customers with two unique, record-breaking experiences, unlike any they have witnessed before," said Bianca Sammut, general manager of Clymb Abu Dhabi.

Clymb Abu Dhabi is officially recognised by Guiness World Records as being home to the world's tallest indoor climbing wall and the largest skydiving tunnel. Cpirtesy Clymb Abu Dhabi
Clymb Abu Dhabi is officially recognised by Guinness World Record. Courtesy Clymb Abu Dhabi

To keep visitors safe during the coronavirus pandemic, Clymb has introduced new guidance. All bookings need to be made online, thermal scanners have been installed at entrances and face masks must be worn at all times – even when on the ropes.

Updated: August 19, 2020 01:59 PM

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