Dubai is building the world’s biggest vertical wind tunnel and planning aiming to expand the attraction globally once the first ride opens in August, the company behind the concept told Arabian Business.
The four-storey building will be located in SkyDive Dubai’s desert base on Al Ain Road and will offer skydiving enthusiasts and visitors the chance to experience the sensation of floating in mid air without a parachute and in a controlled environment.
The large glass structure will have a diameter of 16.5ft and will be powered by four electric motors that will push air from the bottom of the tunnel at a wind speed of 282km per hour, according to Alex Jacobs, marketing manager at Inflight Dubai, the company behind the attraction.
“There are three types of customers that will be attracted to this commercial facility,” said Jacob. “First the military, for special ops training, then professional skydivers from Dubai and around the world that combine it with skydiving for practicing different manoeuvres, and of course, first time visitors and walk-ins that are looking to experience something new.”
This first tunnel will open on August 1 and is part of a bigger expansion planned by InFlight Dubai. Two more tunnels will be built in Dubai and it is planning to expand the concept globally in the coming years, Jacob confirmed.
The team is also planning on breaking the world record attempt for the most jumpers in a vertical wind tunnel at one time.
“Current world record is 20-22 people. We can break that easily and without a problem,” Jacob said.
The attraction is the latest skydiving attraction to open in Dubai in recent years. iFly Dubai, the region’s first public indoor skydiving centre, opened to the public at the new Mirdif City Center in April 2010.
The ride uses transparent acrylic tubes powered by two 400 horsepower fans to allow participants to ride a current of air and can reach speeds of up to 200km per hr.
The same year, Skydive Dubai was launched, offering users the chance to jump out of a plane over the Palm Jumeirah, from a runway area located in the Dubai Marina.