Outdoor fitness enthusiasts and adventure seekers in the capital have a brand new reason to lace up their trainers. The UAE's biggest permanent obstacle course, OCR Park, has opened on Abu Dhabi's new Hudayriyat Leisure and Entertainment District.
Set across 94,000 square metres of space, the fitness destination features eight obstacles and eight fitness stations for adults, and six obstacles for children. The park opened its gates on Thursday, November 12.
Abu Dhabi residents can run, jump, climb and challenge themselves at the venue with adult obstacles such as Wrong Way Around (where a 10-foot wall needs to be tackled), Drop and Roll (be prepared for a bit of a crawl) and Behind Enemy Lines (where participants have to swing using metal rings).
Some of the children’s challenges include Up and Over (for a run and a climb), I See the Light (a trudge through a tunnel) and Rambo, for those who enjoy monkey bars.
The obstacles vary in complexity and difficulty levels, giving both beginners and seasoned athletes plenty of reason to challenge themselves.
It also includes a 3-kilometre track for adults and a 1.5km track for children. In addition, OCR Park has been specifically designed to be accessible for people of determination, with dedicated classes available and specialist staff on site to assist.
The park, which is operated by Middle East sports agency Sabco Sports, has put health and safety measures in place including hourly sanitisation of equipment, touchless hand sanitisers within the park, mandatory face masks, two metres of social distancing and advance online booking. The maximum number of participants at any one time will be limited to 20 people, every 15 minutes, and there will also be a reduced number of participants at any scheduled fitness class.
"We are passionate about shaking up the way people in the Middle East exercise, move their bodies, and stay healthy. OCR Park is a fun and inclusive challenge for all, that will give people the chance to improve their fitness, and also build on their confidence," says Nic Cartwright, Sabco Sports, operators of OCR Park.
Open daily from 6am to 9pm; a one-day pass for adults costs Dh100 for weekdays and Dh150 for weekends, and Dh50 for weekdays and Dh75 for weekends for children aged 5-15; Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi; 026910259; ocrpark.com