Arab Emirates opens world's longest zip line

Ras Al Khaimah zip line

In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers prepare to leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The Jebel Jais Flight has opened in the UAE, breaking the Guinness World Record for world's longest zip-line.

It was constructed in Ras al-Khaimah, one of the lesser known Emirates states as part of a push to increase tourism in the country. Thrill seekers from across the world are now heading to UAE to ride this super fast zipline and enjoy this awesome ride. It is 600 meters longer than the previous record holder "The Monster" in Puerto Rico.

Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: 'This is a great achievement for Ras Al Khaimah's global tourism ambitions'.

In 2017 some 820,000 tourists visited Ras al-Khaimah.

Adrenaline junkies will travel along the zip-line between 74mph (120kph) to 93mph (150kph) at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level. Maintaining sustainable environmental practices within all construction acts, strong anchor holes were drilled into the rugged Hajar Mountains that alone took over six months. Even better, there are two main ziplines, meaning people can race their friends and family to the bottom. While the time and speed they complete the flight in is dependent on weight and weather conditions, the whole experience is expected to last around two to three minutes, with top speeds reaching between 120 and 150km per hour.



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