By David Thompson
A via ferrata is a protected climbing route, consisting of a steel cable which runs along the mountain route
Ras Al Khaimah is set to launch adventure tours with the region’s first commercial via ferrata (iron path) this month, according to Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).
A via ferrata is a protected climbing route, consisting of a steel cable which runs along the mountain route and is periodically fixed to the rock, allowing climbers to secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall.
The three-course Via Ferrata is located in Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak which rises to 6,266 feet and is part of the Al Hajar mountain range.
“The world-class Via Ferrata is the first in a range of mountain, activity and adventure products we are developing specifically for nature and adventure seekers,” said RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar.
“Already on the drawing board is the world’s longest zip-line and adventure park, which we are planning to launch in Q4 2017. We believe the Via Ferrata and our planned adventure tourism products will have strong appeal with both the domestic and overseas activity tourism and sports market and we are currently engaging source market trade partners who want to join hands with us in developing a niche sector which leverages Ras Al Khaimah’s spectacular mountain terrain resources.
The 470 metre-long via ferrata comprises three individual start and finish points, as well as three zip-lines measuring 165 feet, 195 feet and 985 feet to expand possibilities for various age and fitness capabilities.