Ras Al Khaimah has achieved a Guinness World Records title with its latest adventure tourism product – Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline.
The official certification was handed over on Thursday to Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, member of Supreme Council and ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi was the first to trial the new zipline, following the official certification by Guinness World Records.
The world’s longest zipline, measuring 2.83 kilometers, the equivalent to over 28 soccer fields, and spanning the chasm of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s largest mountain peak at over 1,680 meters above sea level, opened to the public on Thursday and is expected to achieve a strong following among thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies from across the world, who are interested in extreme adventure activities.
The Ras Al Khaimah zipline is being operated by Toroverde Ras Al Khaimah, the world’s most experienced zipline managers. Delivery of the zipline, which features a steel cable weighing more than six tons and is suspended 1,680 meters above sea level, has been in the planning phase for over a year.
The process involved extensive feasibility studies, master-planning, comprehensive surveys, soil tests and construction simulations. Maintaining sustainable environmental practices within all construction acts, strong anchor holes were drilled into the rugged Hajar Mountains that alone took over six months.
Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a superman style position. The experience will see participants fitted with a special suit and equipment for the adventure, with the longest flight itself taking approximately two to three minutes.
Once completed, guests will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform, unique in the world, where they will be transferred to a second line, measuring in at 1 km, to complete their journey back to the ground.
There are no age restrictions on pilots but the requirements are a maximum weight of and minimum weight of for fliers who must be at least 120 cm tall. The price is AED650 per rider. The launch of the world’s longest zipline is another milestone in Ras Al Khaimah’s campaign to transform the emirate into the region’s adventure and activity tourism hub.
With the emirate benefitting from diverse landscape, including the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais, it has already built a following amongst walkers, hikers and cyclists with the campaign taking a leap forward in 2016 with the opening of the highly successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, hiking, climbing and ziplining product.