Another must-do for UAE bucket lists, as the world’s longest zipline is coming to Ras Al Khaimah.
The world record-breaking attraction will be longer than 28 football fields when it opens in December 2017.
Construction has already started on the tourist attraction at Jebel Jais, which is the UAE’s highest peak and also the site of a new extreme sports hub.
The mountain in Ras Al Khaimah, which rises 1,934 metres above sea level, is a favourite destination with hikers and bikers. In July it was announced that huge viewing platforms are being constructed there in a bid to make it the Middle East’s adventure tourism capital.
Now Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has partnered with Toro Verde to create the zip line, which it is expected to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018 and 2.9m tourists by 2025.
Although exact length of the zip line remaining closely-guarded secret until the opening, Jebel Jais’s unique terrain and diversity of landscape makes it a perfect and safest spot to build the new world record breaker.
When it opens in the first week of December, the 1,930 metre heigh zipline, will be open to anyone who meets the height and weight restrictions (between 35kg and 150kg, and at least 120cm tall). Once onboard, people can soar across from one end to another in just three minutes, at speeds between 90-120 km/ph.
RAKTDA CEO Hattham Maitar says the eco-friendly attraction will “be like no other experience out there. Once harnessed to the zip line in a horizontal superhero position, participants will soar through the sky as if they’re a bird. It’s the closest you can get to the experience of flying.”
On the ground, RAK already has an array of archaeological sites to explore and is set to welcome 13 new hotel brands by the end of 2020, including big global names Anantara, Rezidor, Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza.