Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority announces opening date for Jebel Jais tourist attraction
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, in December.
The exact length of the zip line remains a closely-guarded secret until the multi-million dollar adventure tourism product’s opening.
RAKTDA said in a statement that it has partnered with Toro Verde, the world’s leading zip line operator to develop its latest active adventure tourism product, which is due to break the current Guinness world record zip line of 2,200 metres held by 'The Monster' in Puerto Rico.
The Ras Al Khaimah zip line will also be a case study for eco-tourism, using solar energy and locally-sourced natural materials ensuring visitors enjoy the natural experience in the emirate’s mountain landscape, the statement added.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, revealed the currently unnamed zip line will be longer than 28 soccer fields in length.
“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,” said Mattar.
With RAKTDA aiming to secure Guinness World Records status for the world’s longest and highest zip line, Toro Verde UAE, a subsidiary of the Puerto Rico based Magno Genesis Holding Group, has been appointed to construct and operate the attraction.
“Jebel Jais’ dramatic and beautiful landscape offers an iconic backdrop for what will be a bucket list experience for people all around the world. The mountains also provide a strong and very challenging base for construction and through our experience and the expertise of our team, we are already making good progress,” said Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah.
The zip line will be open to all ages, providing participants meet required minimum weight of 35kg and maximum weight of 150kg, and a minimum height of 120cm.
Expecting to attract a high-end clientele, a dedicated VIP Lounge and Welcome Centre will provide an enhanced experience. In addition to private parking and the option to fast track their zip line flight, a helicopter transfer will be available, flying guests from Ras Al Khaimah’s pristine coast line, taking in the views of the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains from above.