10 of the best escape rooms in Dubai
Are you and your crew up to the challenge?
Staying indoors? Check out an escape room in Dubai. They can be enjoyed with family, friends and colleagues, and includes plenty of quick and smart thinking, laughter, possible screams of terror and even mild physical activity (from all the running around), but overall, heaps of fun.
Here’s a round-up of the cool escape rooms in Dubai to try this summer
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It’s simple (or is it?). You and your mates have to escape a room packed with riddles and puzzles. Plenty of observation skills are needed here as the clue to escape is hidden in the fine details. In Se7en, Stalker Chocolate Factory and The Others, you will only have 60 minutes to escape. However, Brain Game also has a room where you have two hours to escape called Forever Alone – it is the first escape room based on a true story. Ooooh..
Jumeirah Terrace Building, Rooftop, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 547 7993, @braingamedubai
Countdown Challenge offers five rooms – The Basement, Stolen, Last Will, Escape Plan and Crime Evidence – and you can only escape if you solve the puzzles and mysteries (as a team, of course). Prices vary depending on the number of players, and the day and time.
Dubai, JBR the walk, Bahar 1, Plaza level, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 427 4027. countdowndxb.com
Deep Dark Dubai
This one is for those horror-movie fans in Dubai (yeah yeah, we know, it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out from the name). Deep Dark Dubai is a neat spot if you want to scare yourself silly as you navigate through the room. Oh, and there are live actors and it takes place in a pitch-dark villa. You can pick from ‘Paranormal’ or ‘The Sinner’.
Deep Dark Dubai, Al Meydan Street, KML Business Center, Villa 7, Dubai, prices vary, Tel: (055) 954 9282. deepdarkdubai.ae
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Love VR? Here at Entermission, the adventure pairs escape rooms with virtual reality for a unique experience. The games can be played by multiple players and uses VR technology headsets and you’ll need to use your hands (and to be fair your brainpower) to solve the mystery. There are 16 games to pick from including The Prison, Chernobyl, House of Fear, Manor Escape and more.
You and your team will have to complete some ground-breaking missions in order to escape. Work together to find clues, solve puzzles and complete all challenges before time runs out. The two rooms to pick from are Jack the Ripper and Prison Breakout. Escape Hunt even offers virtual reality rooms with computer-generated 3D escape rooms. Pick from Alice, Mission Sigma, Survival and Jungle Quest. For a mix of the real and virtual world, there’s The Heist and Operation Mindfall. Prices vary depending on the room you pick and the number of players.
Escape Hunt, RT26 Galleria Mall Al Wasl Road Jumeirah, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 334 4473. escapehunt.com
Escape the Room
Head here with a small ground of friends, family members, or coworkers and crack codes and solve ciphers to escape. There are five games to pick from including Z-Virus, Nightmare and Mafia Kingdom. If you want to try a scary room, you can pick the level of horror and the scariest characters will be removed.
All the way from Hungary to Dubai comes Hungarian Games. There are different games that require plenty of brain work and for something a little different – there’s an escape room where two teams can compete against each other. Escape room options include Haunted Room, Studio 113, 4th Element, Crime Scene and Jail Break.
Hungarian Games, Warehouse 35, 8th Street, Industrial Area 1, Al Quoz, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 321 4843. hungariangames.com
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Adventure, mystery, thriller, fantasy and more, NoWayOut has eight rooms for you to pick from. Pick from famous titles such as The Ring (complete with a live actor) and The Da Vinci Code. ‘How dark can it get?’ you ask? Well, in the gruesome Maniac room you get kidnapped, and put into a dark cell with a bag over your head before having to try and escape a maniac’s basement using puzzle-solving skills. Definitely not for the faint-hearted and probably not for children either. There are two venues to pick from – JLT and Citywalk.
NoWayOut Escape Room, JLT and Citywalk, prices start from Dhs130 per person. JLT tel: (0)4 243 8208, City Walk tel: (0)52 521 4270. nowayout.ae
At Phobia Dubai, you will be locked in an underground bunker, house of a maniac, modern museum, detective’s apartment or another unusual place. Your mission is to escape in 60 minutes. There are six rooms to pick from including Sherlock vs Jack the Ripper, Impossible Mission and Battle of Wizards. A favourite here is Vault where you’re locked in an underground bunker after a nuclear war and your oxygen is running out. If that isn’t bad enough, you have to escape a horde of zombies who break in.
Phobia Dubai, Cluster X, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, prices start from Dhs115. Tel: (052) 7974916. phobia.ae
More than just an escape room…
What’s On award-winning TEPFactor requires both physical strength and a mental can-do attitude to get through a series of challenging obstructions to escape before time runs out. There are four categories designed to test your patience, fitness, logic, and skill. Think slippery spinning poles, rotating inflatables, swinging balls and more. You will need a team of two to six players. It will cost you Dhs77 per child aged eight to 11 and per adult, it’s Dhs99.
TEPfactor Dubai, Bahar Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, Tel: (056) 404 0802, tepfactor.ae