In an attempt to take tourism on the island to new heights, Gravity Skydive has introduced one of the world’s tallest indoor wind tunnels and a brand new activity to Bahrain.
With 12 metres of tempered glass (the tallest of its kind in the entire world), and wind speeds that currently reach up to 250 kmph, the tunnel now offers one of the country’s most adrenaline-fuelled thrills and allows those brave enough, aged four and up (without illnesses or ailments), to achieve their childhood dreams of flying.
There’s no need to strap on a parachute and jump out of an aeroplane, but simply float on a gust of wind and defy the forces of gravity. You can even jump into the tunnel from the top (they call that a “gravity base jump”), something you can only do at one other facility in the world (which isn’t even open to the public) and nowhere else in the region.
Arrive at the facility at least an hour before you fly and get training on how to start. Beginners will enter the tunnel with one instructor.
It might all sound like it’ll be a breeze (pun intended), but this activity can actually be an extremely physical sport. This is why Gravity Skydive aim to create a community of people who would like to take indoor skydiving seriously and enter international competitions on the Zallaq-based facility’s behalf.
Over the next year, Gravity will be hosting military training camps, as well as camps for customers looking to take their heights to the next level and, eventually, compete on the world’s stage. No matter whether you’re four or 104 (unless you’re pregnant or over 125 kilograms), there’s every opportunity to feel the rushing air through your hair and the wind beneath your wings. Prices start from BD19.5 per session (two one-minute flights). Gravity Bahrain, Zallaq, www.gravitybah.com (13 100 000).
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