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Three live escape experiences in Dubai



There was a British TV show in the 1990s called The Crystal Maze in which contestants were locked in a room and could only emerge once they’d resolved a mind-bending puzzle or physical challenge. Their only assistance was a rabble of teammates barking “Come on!” at them through a small porthole as they grappled with ropes, pulleys, buckets and levers, while the audience at home was often frustrated that the most simple

In the last couple of years, a number of facilities in the US and Europe have started to offer the general public the chance to see if they could do any better – without the need for their humiliation to be broadcast to entire nations. Real-life room escape games have become something of a craze recently – also helped by iPad and PC games such as Room Two. The craze is well and truly represented in Dubai with a number of room escapes now on offer for groups to solve.

Escape Quest
 Floor 20, HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, JLT
Price: From AED90 per person
You have 60 minutes to escape a locked room called the Explorers’ Library armed with nothing but your wits and a couple of partners. Can you get out in time? Available for groups from two to five.

Hint Hunt
Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: From AED105 per person
Ever been caught snooping around in a friend’s medicine cabinet? Put those skills to use in James Murdock’s Office, where you have an hour to crack the code and escape. From three to five people.

Challenge Chambers
Sunset Mall, Beach Road
Price: From AED95 per person
Did your “brother” commit suicide – or was he off’d by a nefarious criminal? When the police siren goes off your hour in the locked room comes to an end. The Challenge Chambers offers both a 30-minute version of the game and one for the full hour, while the larger Mystery Challenge comes in two identical rooms, meaning that friends can be challenged to simultaneous battles. Games are offered in English as well as Arabic.

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