The city of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, will be home to the world’s longest and highest zip line from December.
The zip line will be located on the nation’s highest peak — Jebel Jais. It has not yet been announced how high and long it will be, but the project allegedly costs multiple millions of dollars.
The UAE city partnered with Toro Verde to create the zip line. Toro Verde are also behind “the Monster in Puerto Rico” in Orocovis – which currently holds the accolade for longest zip line. Toro Verde is heralded as the world’s leading zip line operator.
The Jebel Jais team say that the zip line will use solar energy and locally sourced natural materials. Visitors will therefore be exposed to an experience that is largely natural – aside from the man-made zip line – in the mountains.
Ras Al Khaimah have said that the opening of the zipline will “propel [the city] into the major leagues of global adventure tourism and cement Jebel Jais as the region’s leading active adventure tourism destination.”
The zipline will join a new observation deck at Jebel Jais that was announced in July this year.
The observation deck will include a base camp for hikers and bikers. The facility will feature an events arena, picnic areas, numerous walking paths and a food truck zone. Solar energy will be used to light this area, which will be 1,300 metres above sea level.
Ras al Khaimah’s Vision 2019 tourism strategy aims to attract one million visitors by the end of next year. RAKTDA is investing in a range of adventure and wellness products which leverage the emirate’s array of natural assets.
The Jebel Jais Observation Deck has been designed by Naga and is being built on RAKTDA’s behalf by Botanical. Ground work is already underway.
Image courtesy of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority