· Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain
· World’s longest zip-line – with a cable weighing in at over six tons now open to the public to take the heart-pumping flight
· Multi-million dollar tourism project in Ras al Khaimah flies into record books as zipline launches
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - Thrill-seekers get ready: the longest zip-line in the world - ‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ - has officially opened today on top of the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.
Guinness World Records confirmed the length of the Jebel Jais zip-line at 2.8 kilometers – the equivalent to over 28 soccer fields – which beats the previous 2.2km world record in Puerto Rico by a full 600 meters of extra heart-pumping adrenaline.
The world’s leading zip-line operator, Toro Verde in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) spent over four months building the world’s longest zipline, which is located at more than 1,680 meters above sea-level and with a cable that weighs in at over six tonnes. Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a ‘superman’ style position. Friends and family will travel on parallel cables at top speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph on this extreme adventure experience set in the rugged rocky mountain terrain.
The experience will see participants fitted with a special harness 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 where they will be transferred to a second line, measuring in at one km, to complete their journey back to the ground. The zipline will be able to accommodate 200 people a day (100,000 per year).
A tribute to the UAE’s advancing tourism industry, the launch of the zipline has propelled the UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. The zip-line will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East.
Shows: (Rights Free - Cleared for all territories)
GVs: First flights down the zipline
Vox Pops: Riders reactions of the zipline
GVs: Guinness World Record Certification and Opening VIP Ceremony
Soundbites: Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Soundbites: Jorge Jorge, CEO, Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah
Soundbites: Hoda Khachab, Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Records
Soundbites: His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Al Qasimi
The exact length of the record breaking zipline ‘Jebel Jais Flight’ is 2831 meters
The launching platform is secured by 18 anchors with a total weight of 1,000 tons, this is equal to 2,250 camels
There are 8 anchors securing the suspended landing platform, which weighs 9.5 tons and is unique in the world
The altitude difference between the launching and landing platform is 400m, which is equal to 4 times the height of the Big Ben in London
The average speed is 120-150 kph during the flight. This is equal to the maximum speed of a cheetah, the fastest land animal
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The official certification was handed over today to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.
His son HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was the first to trial the new zipline this morning, following the official certification by Guinness World Records.
There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but the requirements are a maximum weight of (150 kg) and minimum weight of (45 kg) 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 (Iron Path), hiking, climbing and ziplining product.
For more information on, and booking for, Jebel Jais Flight, please log on to: toroverdeuae.com.More information about Jebel Jais and its active adventure tourism offering is available onwww.jebeljais.ae
Guinness World Record for World’s Longest Zip-line!
‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ officially opens on top of the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE