Three to try: Escape Rooms

Why not beat the heat by locking yourself in a room with your mates…

Three to try: Escape Rooms
Phobia Escape Rooms

With summer fast approaching, why not spend the afternoon with your mates breaking yourselves out a room (air-conditioned, might we add) that you’ve willingly decided to be locked in? You’re either going to have an awesome bonding experience, or leave never wanting to speak to each other again.

Countdown Challenge
Do you love solving puzzles? Is spending the afternoon escaping from a room up your street? If so, then Countdown Challenge is for you. There are five different escape rooms to choose from, each with different difficulty levels, and one of them even involves actors to add to the experience.
Prices vary. Open daily 3pm-midnight. Bahar Plaza Level, The Walk, JBR, www.countdowndxb.com (04 427 4027/050 908 0328).

HintHunt Dubai
This place calls itself the “original live escape game” and promises you an action-packed hour where three to five of your mates will get together and test your might against an array of challenges. Around the world, HintHunt has had more than one million players, and claims to really put its back into the set design to help fully immerse you in one of the five games it has to offer you. Check this place out if you’re bringing your mates together or trying to forge a bond with your colleagues (without shouting at them – there’s always one over-competitive one in the office, right?). P.S. Don’t bother if you get stressed out easily, HintHunt says it’s a non-starter if you can’t keep your cool in the last five minutes.
Prices vary. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 2242).

Phobia Escape Rooms
This is one of the city’s longer-serving escape rooms, and offers a wide range of games to stump you, gazump you and challenge every ounce of your grey mass. Gather up to five of your mates and head to Phobia. There are six different games, including a Harry Potter-themed one, a Victorian detective-inspired Sherlock one and the Impossible Mission, a game whose name does little to veil the identity of the movie it’s obviously inspired by (that’s Mission Impossible, by the way).
From Dhs115 per person. Open daily 11am-midnight and advance reservation is required. Jumeirah Bay X1, Cluster X and Red Diamond Building opposite Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lake Towers, www.phobia.ae (050 873 0445/052 797 4916).

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