Abu Dhabi’s 25 square-kilometre Yas Island is like one great big playground, where fun-loving, thrill-seeking families can have all kinds of great times. Wings of Oman takes a look at two of its most recent additions – a climbing wall and skydiving flight chamber – as well as some of Yas Island’s longtime classics.
Ascend Abu Dhabi’s heights…
Anyone with a hunger for heights can harness up and embrace their inner climber at the new CLYMB Abu Dhabi indoor climbing wall – the highest of its kind in the world. Part of Yas Island’s new CLYMB Abu Dhabi adventure complex, this giant 43-metre high structure has 5 vertical sections with 13 established routes of varying difficulty – suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced climbers – as well as the world’s first multi-pitch indoor climbing route and a bouldering wall to practise your climbing moves.
Another addition to the CLYMB Abu Dhabi adventure complex is the skydive flight chamber, which at 10 metres wide and 32 metres high is now the world’s largest skydiving flight chamber. Before your flight, CLYMB Abu Dhabi’s instructors will take you through a comprehensive safety briefing and teach you techniques to maximise your “freefall” flying experience. After this, you’ll enter the chamber and be elevated to record-breaking heights – skydiving style – via the powerful stream of air blasted up from the chamber’s powerful fans.
Yas Island: More good times…
Besides the climbing and flying, there’s a world of unique experiences on offer at Yas Island.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi features six themed sections, where your kids can meet Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more of their heroes and heroines – before hopping on some of the dozens of rides around the park.
Yas Marina Circuit: Explore the home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and get an authentic feel for F1 driving as you race at over 200 km/hour with one of Yas Marina Circuit’s racing academies.
Yas Waterworld: With over 40 exhilarating slides, rides and attractions, Yas Waterworld is at the heart of the island’s high energy action.
Yas Links Abu Dhabi: Golfers can tee-off at this award winning layout, which winds its way around Yas Island, overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi: Enjoy fast and furious rides and attractions for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller-coaster, which reaches speeds up to 240 km/hour.
Shopping: Indulge in a world-class shopping adventure to the Yas Mall – the city’s largest luxury mall – as well as the ACE Yas Island garden and interiors warehouse, the much-loved IKEA furniture store and many more shops and boutiques.
Yas Island: www.yasisland.ae
CLYMB Abu Dhabi (climbing/skydiving): www.clymbabudhabi.com
Fly Oman Air! Oman Air offers direct Muscat/Abu Dhabi flights. To view the weekly schedule, visit www.omanair.com
Images: © CLYMB Abu Dhabi