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RAK zipline to re-open to public this weekend

The world's longest zipline was closed following a fatal helicopter crash in the area in late December

RAK zipline to re-open to public this weekend

The world’s longest zipline in Ras Al Khaimah will resume operations this weekend, two weeks after a helicopter crash killed four rescue personnel on Jebel Jais, according to its operator.

The incident, which took place on December 29, led to the deaths of three UAE nationals and a South African who were conducting a search and rescue mission in the area.

At the time, local media widely reported that the helicopter struck part of the zipline’s facilities.

In a statement to local media, the operator, Puerto Rico-based Toroverde, said that the company ran a “full assessment” of damage to the facilities and conducted necessary repairs.

The only damage was found to be a ‘braking’ cable, a supplementary cable that does not carry passengers.

“Now that we are absolutely certain that everything has been tested and continues to operate to the highest international safety standards, we will re-open the zipline to the public,” the statement added.

Ahead of the re-opening for the public, Toroverde CEO Ricardo Lizano and RAK Tourism Development Authority chief executive Haitham Mattar will ride the zipline.

Additionally, the company added that customers were scheduled for rides during the time the zipline was shut have been refunded or given new dates.

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