Get your climb on in Dubai
It became one of the “in” sports a few years ago and, boosted by the twin exploits of freeclimbers Climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell on El Capitan earlier in 2015, rock climbing looks set for a resurgence in interest. Happily, Dubai has a number of decent facilities for those wishing to get their hands – and in particular fingernails – dirty. Whether you’re looking for a chance to get into the sport, or a mini adventure to your own secret spot, here are five places in the city that will have you climbing the wall.
The Rock Climbing Wall
Where: Talise Fitness Centre, Al Qasr Hotel
How much: AED70 per person
Slightly unusually located within the courtyard of one of the smarter spas in the city, the simply named Rock Climbing Wall is a 6.4-metre climbing challenge built from a light wave curved resin system – with plenty of pockets, flakes, cracks and tufas. It has ten vertical climbing lines, each of which culminate in an overhang, to provide an excellent challenge for climbers of all levels. There is also a bouldering and traversing section for younger adventurers to give it a go.
Where: Wafi Mall
How much: AED45 for a pass
Claimed to be the tallest climbing wall in Dubai at a staggering 13 metres high, this beast has all manner of ripples, overhangs and pockets for an outstanding – and exhausting – challenge. It is also one of the oldest, first opening to the public 12 years ago. The facility also offers a range of tuition for climbers from all ages.
Dorrell Sports Climbing Wall
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
How much: AED60 for a day pass.
Another addition to the ‘unmarked wonder’ category of Dubai’s offerings, the wall can be a little tricky to find, with no markings on the front. It’s also outside, meaning that it loses its appeal for roughly five months of the year. For access, enter through the lobby of block C Dubai Trade Centre hotel apartments, and you’ll find it. Slightly underground, but the word is this is where a lot of the local climbers can be found. Make sure to call ahead to confirm opening times.
Bookings: +971 50784 1789 or +971 4 306 5061
Where: Mirdif City Centre
How much: AED50 for 30 minutes.
Mirdif City Centre’s Magic Planet is ostensibly for kids – of all ages – and the climbing wall here is perhaps designed with younger climbers in mind. Although well constructed by Walltopia, it doesn’t have any graded routes and the hand- and footholds aren’t particularly far apart. It is, as a result, a great place for the younger audience to get into the sport.
Where: Times Square, Al Quoz
How much: AED50 for 30 minutes, AED250 for a day pass
Well known for many of Dubai’s action sports enthusiasts, Adventure HQ has large range of products tailored towards getting you outdoors, including all the necessary accoutrements for the nation’s rock climbers. Also on the premises is a climbing wall designed for youngsters and beginners to try their hand on the handholds to see whether they have the head for heights.
Bookings: 800 238368873