World's longest zip line 'Jebel Jais Flight' opens in United Arab Emirates

One of the smallest states in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opened the world's longest zip line, beating the previous record by 600m.

The 2.83km zip line allows thrill seekers to jump from the peak off the UAE's highest mountain, the Jebel Jais, the Associated Press reports.

The Jebel Jais Flight zip line launches from 1,680m above sea level, at the peak of the Jebel Jais Mountain.

Getting to the ground from the peak actually takes two zip line rides, with the initial nearly 3km ride from the peak and another shorter 1km ride to the ground.

It was awarded the Guinness World Record for world's longest zip line on Wednesday, January 31.

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.

Ras al-Khaimah currently gets 1 million tourist visitors a year and aims to drive 100,000 of them to use the zip line.

"It's really targeting the millennials, the young generation, the adventurers who are looking for something totally different than what Dubai or Abu Dhabi or the rest of the Emirates has to offer," Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) told AP.

"The one differentiator we have is Jebel Jais, the highest point in the UAE at 1,930 metres high and we focus on building nature-based adventure activities."

The opening of the zip line is only the first part of the project. Future plans include another two zip lines to be added by April, as well hiking and building trails.


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