World’s longest zip line opens in Ras Al Khaimah

Worlds-longest zip-line

Ras Al Khaimah has achieved a Guinness World Record because of latest adventure tourism product – Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline.

The UAE is already home to the world’s longest urban zip line, which soars 44 floors above Dubai Marina. And now, it’s also home to the world’s longest zipline, which has opened in Ras Al Khaimah.

Measuring 2.83 kilometers long (that’s the equivalent of more than 28 football pitches),it is a  record-breaking zip line which runs through the mountains of Jebel Jais at a hair-raising 1,680 meters above sea level.

An exciting adventure at Jebel Jais mountain will allow participants to fly face-down, in a supermen position, at speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (93 mph).

To share the thrill, there are two lines, side-by-side which is allowing people to fly with friends and family.

Are you ready to dare to take a leap of faith with nothing but a safety harness holding you up as you dangle 1,680 meters up in the air?

If this sounds like just the thrill you need for the average UAE weekend adventure, then the world’s longest zip-line in Ras Al Khaimah is just the ticket to satiate the adrenaline junkie in you.

 

How long is the world’s longest zip line?

It’s a 2,800-metre long that has been launched by the RAK Tourism Development Authority, perches itself above the towering peak of Jebel Jais mountain.

To put things into perspective, the zip-line stretches across the length of 28 soccer fields. And if the scale left any doubt, the dizzying height of Burj Khalifa is 830 meters.


How much does it cost?

The ride itself is priced 650 AED, with bookings now open on its site for those who feel that bit of adventure is missing from their life.

In its first phase, the zip-line attraction will accommodate 250 people a day, according to its official site.

People of all ages are welcome to take on an amazing and daring zip line, but ‘fliers’ have to be between 45kg to 150kg in weight and at least 120 cm tall. It costs Dhs650 per person.

Worlds-longest zip-line

 

So how does it work?

First get to Jebel Jais it’s about an hour far from Dubai, you get ready in the zip-lining kit, as well as getting a safety briefing at the welcome center. Then, it’s a trip up to the top of the launching platform. It looks like a giant falcon, it stands at an impressive and scary 1,680 meters above to the sea level.

The thrill-seekers have swing above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a style and position of ‘superman.  In this experience, the participants fitted out with a specific suit and equipment for the thrilling adventure, with the longest flight itself taking almost 2-3 minutes.

After completion, guests will finish on a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line, it’s about in 1km to complete their journey back to the ground.

The attraction accommodating a rider every five minutes on the two zip lines, equating to proximately 200 people per day, and near about 100,000 per year.

Worlds-longest zip-line

The location in Jebel Jais chosen because it is 10 degrees cooler than average UAE temperatures, it can be operated during the summer months.

The purpose of the launching of the zip line in Ras Al Khaimah to transform the emirate into the region’s adventure and activity tourism hub.

Emirate can be benefitting from diverse landscape – including the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais – it has already built a following among hikers, walkers, and cyclists with the campaign taking a leap forward in 2016 -17 with the opening of the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path), hiking, climbing and zip lining product.

The official certification was received by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.

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