The UAE is going to have the longest zip line in the world
Not content with having the world's tallest building, the UAE has now set out to find other ways to alienate the country's acrophobes by building the longest zip line on the planet.
The zip line is being designed, built and operated by Toro Verde - the leading global zipline operator behind the Adventure Park in Puerto Rico. The latter park houses the world’s current world record holder with a zipline that measures 2,200 metres in length.
Created in partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), Toro Verde has today announced that it will be launching the world’s longest zip line on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais this December.
The zip line is set to be more than 28 soccer field in length, with those experiencing the hair-raising journey expected to travel at speeds of between 90 to 130 kph. What’s more, the cable itself will weigh in at seven tonnes and will consist of two lines, allowing friends and family to take part in the bucket list flight together.
The exact length of the zip line is being kept a closely guarded secret until the grand opening at the end of the year. After its unveiling, the zip line will have to be certified by the Guinness World Records in order to take its official crown as the longest ever, with the zip line itself also expected to be named as the world’s highest zip line as well.
Thrill seekers mad enough to have a go on this zip line will be able to encounter an experience like no other. Harnessed to the zip line in a Superman position, the flight will take participants to a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line, measuring 300m, to complete their journey back to the ground. The zip line will be able to accommodate roughly 250 people a day once it opens.
A tribute to the UAE’s advancing tourism industry, the announcement of the zip line aims to propel the UAE’s most northern emirate into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. Rising at 1,934 metres above sea level, Jebel Jais – the UAE’s tallest peak – will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and hopefully cement Jebel Jais as the region’s must-visit destination for excitement.