The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced that the world’s longest and highest zip line will officially open on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, this December.

With the exact length remaining a secret until the multi-million dollar adventure tourism product’s opening, the zip line has been designed to further propel the UAE’s most northern emirate reputation as a global adventure tourism destination.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the flagship tourism product, Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, said: “Building on the success of last year’s launch of the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata adventure product, the new zip line represents Ras Al Khaimah’s most significant tourism product opening since Al Marjan Island, our coral-shaped leisure tourism archipelago. This key product launch will further enhance Ras Al Khaimah’s unique mountain-beach-desert offering as the emirate moves towards its goal of attracting one million visitors next year.”

The zip line will be open to all ages, providing participants meet the required minimum weight of 35kg and maximum weight of 150kg, and a minimum height of 120cm. The experience will consist of two lines, allowing friends and family to take part in the flight together.

Mattar said: “The zip line 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.

“The flight will take them to a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line to complete their journey back to the ground. In its first phase of operations, the zip line will be able to accommodate 250 people a day – or 100,000 in a year. Nothing like this exists in the world – let alone this region – it is a true first for Ras Al Khaimah and adds another amazing attraction to the UAE’s diverse tourism portfolio.”

More information can be found at jebeljais.ae

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