Have you been to the United Arab Emirates? At least, you’ve probably heard of Dubai. Besides, who hasn’t watched in wide-eyed tension as Tom Cruise scaled the city’s Burj Khalifa in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol?
But the UAE has much more to offer than exploiting the done. A short drive from Dubai to the country’s capital, Abu Dhabi, will bring you close to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to perform feats of courage, such as drag racing, drifting, Formula One circuit racing, indoor climbing, and skydiving UAE-style.
Pack your bags, fly to Abu Dhabi, and visit the following places to tick several things off your adventure bucket list.
CLYMB Abu Dhabi
CLYMB Abu Dhabi is an adventure center located on Yas Island Abu Dhabi. The CLYMB Abu Dhabi building, with its sharp geometric edges, was inspired by the rugged and mountainous landscape of the UAE. Its distinct architecture, including its shiny, silver skin and its imposing height, makes approaching the building an experience in itself.
What is hiding inside, however, is the real wonder. CLYMB Abu Dhabi has the largest indoor skydiving flight chamber in the world. It is also houses the highest indoor climbing wall in the Middle East.
As you have already guessed, there are two activities that you can mark on your adventure list when you visit CLYMB Abu Dhabi.
Indoor skydiving is an activity that allows you to to experience the feeling of free fall of outdoor skydiving but it will let you do it inside a controlled environment – the indoor skydiving flight chamber.
Technically, A flight chamber is a vertical wind tunnel. When an indoor skydiver jumps from the skydiving ledge above, he encounters strong air generated by the tunnel huge and powerful fans. The skydiver can use the air flow to experiment with different flight positions and orientations.
Traditionally, indoor skydiving has been a means for skydiving enthusiasts to familiarize themselves with the sensation of free fall. They allowed skydivers to practice free fall flight maneuvers before doing it for real by jumping out of the plane mid-flight.
However, the adrenaline rush provided by indoor skydiving has made indoor skydiving a sport in its own right. Many people who love indoor skydiving may never plan to move on to skydiving from an airplane.
If you’re planning to tick skydiving off your bucket list, you’d better do it from one of the world’s most remarkable skydiving rooms.
CLYMB Abu Dhabi skydiving interior flight room measurements 32 feet wide, more than double the standard 14-foot width of regular skydiving flight chambers. It should 16 fansfour times the average number of fans in other flight rooms.
- Take off
While at CLYMB Abu Dhabi for indoor skydiving, be sure to visit the world’s first indoor multi-pitch climbing wall to accomplish another item on your adventure bucket list: indoor wall climbing.
Indoor wall climbing is a sport that provides both aerobic and anaerobic exercise, develops coordination, improves balance, and engages different muscle groups simultaneously. It is provides an intense workout and burns 500 to 900 calories per hour.
In indoor climbing, you scale an artificial climbing wall using your hands and feet. You will, of course, be fully harnessed for security.
Following are the five pitches of CLYMB Abu Dhabi, including the Middle East’s tallest indoor climbing wall, The Summyt.
- The Boulder: 9.8 feet
- Start: 18 feet
- The Intermediate: 33 feet
- The Advanced: 72 feet
- The Summit: 138 feet
It would be such an achievement if you could win them all. However, it should be good to scale one of the lower pitches as well, especially if it’s your first time trying to climb the inner wall.
Yas Marina Circuit
Be sure to stop by the Yas Marina Circuit while in Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina Circuit is located on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, too.
If it’s Formula One season, you can finally take in an F1 race firsthand. Buy tickets for the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and you should be all set. However, if it’s not F1 season, take the driver’s seat and experience racing from another side on an actual F1 circuit.
The following are some of the adventures you can check off your list at Yas Marina Circuit.
Take the wheel of Aston Martin GT4, Formula YAS 3000, Ferrari 458 GT, or other available race cars and ride laps around the track like a professional driver.
On Yas car track days (also premium car track days and bike track days), you can register your vehicle and have hours (seven hours for Yas track days -premium cars) to master the F1 racing circuit.
If you don’t have the necessary driver’s license – or you’re not ready for the driver’s seat – you can still experience the thrill of going super fast on an F1 racing circuit by taking a ride with a pro racer in one of the track’s iconic race cars.
- Drag it
Want rubber burning action? It’s the perfect time to try drag racing at Yas Marina Circuit. Book a Chevrolet Camaro SS to get five racing races. An instructor teaches the basics of drag racing, so this is the perfect way to tick drag racing off your adventure bucket list.
If you have your own vehicle and access to a race crew, you can sign up for Yas Drag Roll Racing. This is also good for rookies who just want to experience or learn drag racing. Intermediate and expert riders can try Yas drag nights for four hours of track time.
You can participate in it Yas drift nights for multiple trips in four hours if you have your own vehicle. You can also choose the drifting passenger experience by booking passenger time on Chevrolet Drift Taxi.
Karting is the most accessible experience at Yas Marina Circuit. Karting is available every day, from nine in the morning to midnight, and you can arrive and kart; no pre-registration is required.
Fly to Adventure
Book your flight to Abu Dhabi if you are ready for the adventure trip of a lifetime.
Hot tip: There are many more things to do in abu dhabi of the seven activities that made it onto this list. To maximize your holiday, stay at a Yas island hotel and explore all that this island of fun and entertainment has to offer.