RAK Leisure has announced that the world’s first Bear Grylls Explorers Camp will open close to the via ferrata on the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, in October 2020.
The Bear Grylls Explorers Camp (BGEC) is set in an expansive and open environment and follows the success of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the UK.
BGEC will also feature the world’s first Bear Grylls-branded camp accommodation, which features 20 recycled and redesigned containers, opening in 2021.
The practical and extreme survival courses on offer at BGEC will be run by experts trained at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.
Practical and extreme survival courses at BGEC
“Within a larger global context, the launch of BGEC represents both innovation and resilience during what has been a very challenging year for the travel and tourism industry,” said Alison Grinnell, CEO of RAK Hospitality Holding.
“Under the expert guidance of our RAK Leisure division, BGEC will further enhance the growing adventure offer on Jebel Jais and raise the profile of Ras Al Khaimah on the world stage.”
Activities will include how to make a fire in the wilderness and build emergency shelters. Visitors will also learn navigation techniques, how to use a knife and how to survive in extreme weather.
The accommodation containers are designed to host up to three guests with basic self-catering, including a private BBQ on a private outdoor terrace.
Bear Grylls camp accommodation opening in 2021
“In 2018, we launched the world’s longest zipline on Jebel Jais and are delighted to announce another first with the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp on the UAE’s highest mountain,” said Raki Philips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development.
Philips described BGEC as an “exhilarating survival experience from one of the world’s best-known experts” that will “attract outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe”.
Earlier this year, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) launched the Jais Adventure Peak, a group of adventure attractions on Jebel Jais.