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Mar 01, 2018
New zip line in Ras Al Khaimah breaks world record

Adrenaline-junkies all over the world now have a reason to descend into the UAE as the country’s highest mountain point, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), recently became home to the world’s longest zip line, as officiated by the Guinness World Records.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of RAK, was the first to trial the new zip line, following the official certification by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator of Guinness World Records.

“We are now receiving our largest number of visitor arrivals, and we are confident that Jebel Jais Flight: will earn the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah considerable recognition on the local, regional, global stage and propel destination into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. We are expecting to see an increasing number of adventure tourists coming from across the globe to try this bucket list experience,” said HaithamMattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Hanging at an elevation of 1,680 metres above sea level, the zip line measures over 2.83 kilometres, the equivalent of over 28 soccer fields and weighs over six tonnes.

Extensive studies, master planning, inclusive surveys, soil tests and construction simulations were conducted before the building of this massive feat. Strong anchor holes were drilled into the rugged Hajar Mountains which alone took over six months.

The experience will see participants fitted with a special suit and tools, with the flight itself taking approximately two to three minutes until they reach a suspended platform, from where it’s another one kilometre ride down to the ground.

“It includes two main zip line cables, allowing friends and family members to experience and race together, adding to the fun and competitiveness of the facility. The time and speed they complete in is dependent on weight and weather conditions though but the whole experience is expected to last two to three minutes, with top speeds reaching between 120 and 150km per hour. We anticipate the attraction accommodating a rider every five minutes on the two zip lines, equating to approximately 200 people per day, and around 100,000 per year,” explained Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde RAK, the zip line managing company.

There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but the requirements are a maximum weight of 150kg and minimum weight of 45kg for ‘fliers’ who must be at least 120cm tall.

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