UAE will be home to the world's longest zip-line this December
Are you ready to experience the next best thing to flying?
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced that the world's longest and highest zip-line will officially open on Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest mountain, in December this year.
While we don't know the exact length of the zipline, we do know that it's set to beat the current Guinness world record of longest zip-line of 2,200 metres held by The Monster in Puerto Rico.
RAKTDA has partnered with Toro Verde, the operator of The Monster, to build the zipline in Jebel Jais. The zipline has yet to be named, but will be given an Arabic moniker via a naming competition which will be announced by RAKTDA soon.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, said the unnamed zip-line will be longer than 28 soccer fields in length, reports Khaleej Times.
The first phase of the Jebel Jais zip-line will be operational from December this year and will consist of two lines, allowing friends and family to take part in the flight together.
"On arrival at the Welcome Centre, which features a lounge, restaurant, lockers, equipment storage and offices, participants will be given a pre-briefing and then escorted to the launch platform and fitted with a special suit and equipment for this adventure," explained Ricardo Lizano, COO of Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah.
Once harnessed to the zip-line in a horizontal superhero position, participants will soar through the sky, completing the length of the zip-line in 2-4 minutes at speeds of 90-120 km per hour, depending on weight and wind velocity.
In its first phase of operation, the zip-line will be able to accommodate 250 people a day or 100,000 adventure seekers in a year.
The zip-line is open to all ages as long as they meet the minimum weight of 35kg and maximum weight of 150kg, and a minimum height of 120cm.
We can't wait to try it! Watch the video here: