Guinness World Record-breaking zipline opens on Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais mountain

1 February 2018

The longest zipline in the world – measuring 2.83km – has opened on Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, the highest peak in the UAE.

Guinness World Record officials handed the certification to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, at the launch platform amid stunning mountain views, while H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Hospitality Holding and RAK Petroleum, was the first to try the new tourist experience.

Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “This is a great achievement for Ras Al Khaimah’s international tourism ambitions. We are now receiving our largest-ever number of visitor arrivals and are confident that Jebel Jais Flight: the world’s longest zipline, will earn the UAE’s Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah considerable recognition on the local, regional and global stage and propel the destination into the major leagues of global adventure tourism.

“The Jebel Jais Flight will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East. We are expecting to see an increasing number of adventure tourists coming from across the globe to try this bucket list experience.”

The zipline has two main cables, meaning two people can ride in tandem at speeds of up to 150km per hour during the 2-3 minute experience. Operators Toroverde UAE anticipate being able to accommodate about 200 people per day and 100,000 riders per year.

The zipline was more than a year in the making and the steel cables, weighing more than six tons, were suspended 1,680 metres above sea level using extremely strong anchor holes that took six months to drill into the rugged Hajar Mountains.

The development process involved extensive feasibility studies, master-planning, comprehensive surveys, soil tests and construction simulations. Sustainable environmental practices were at the forefront of planning throughout.

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