Yas Island lays on the superlatives this month with two hotly anticipated openings: the world’s largest indoor climbing wall and the world’s widest flight chamber.
Adding to the high-octane roller coasters of Ferrari World and Warner Bros World, the AED 367 million CLYMB facility features a 43m wall in the colours of the Emirati flag. That one’s best for the pros, but there are three other walls, allowing kids as young as four to give climbing a go. The verdict from US rock climber Sasha DiGiulian? “Incredible.”
At the launch of CLYMB, she said, “Its unique feature is its height. It’s similar to something you only find outdoors.” Within the same futuristic building – its origami-esque white folds inspired by the UAE’s mountains – is a 32m-high, 9.7m-wide flight chamber that mimics what it’s like to skydive.
After kitting up in goggles, a flying suit and helmet, and getting the lowdown from a flight instructor, visitors can sample the gravity-defying thrills – ideal for those psyching themselves up for a real-life dive. Age isn’t a barrier, either: an 85-year-old gave a demo at the launch event, and it’s open to kids aged three upwards. More timid types can watch from the glass-fronted Altitude Cafe.