By Sarah Townsend
Ras Al Khaimah tourism body builds viewing deck at summit of Jebel Jais
An observation deck is being built close to the summit of the highest mountain in the UAE, as part of plans to boost adventure tourism in the emirate.
The viewing deck will be constructed close to the summit of Jebel Jais, which rises 1,934 metres above sea level in the northern UAE emirate of Rask Al Khaimah.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which oversees the emirate’s tourism industry, is building a series of viewing platforms to experience the Al Hajar Mountain range, which borders Oman.
In addition to viewing platforms, the Jebel Jais Observation Deck will serve as a base camp for hikers and bikers looking to test themselves on the rugged mountain range, RAKTDA said in a statement.
The facility will also house a multi-purpose events arena, picnic areas, access to numerous walking paths and a dedicated food truck zone.
Designed by agencies Naga and Botanical, the platform is to be lit with solar energy and is due to open to the public in October.
RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar said: “The deck will let visitors take in stunning sea and mountain views, and the magnificent sunrises and sunsets which cast a dancing performance of light and shadow over the area every morning and evening.
“In addition to solar providing an obvious solution to lighting the facility, we have worked very hard to implement natural, locally-sourced materials into the site – we want the Jebel Jais Observation Deck to blend as seamlessly as possible into the mountain façade.”
RAK recently signed as a sponsor of the UNWTO’s International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, as part of its Vision 2019 tourism strategy to attract one million visitors by the end of next year.