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UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah breaks ground on world’s longest zip line

by Fatima De La Cerna on Aug 30, 2017


RAKTDA and Toro Verde are building the world's longest zip line in Ras Al Khaimah.
RAKTDA and Toro Verde are building the world's longest zip line in Ras Al Khaimah.
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Zip line operator, Toro Verde, has broken ground on what would be the world’s longest zip line when it opens in December this year.

An initiative of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), the project is being developed on Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the UAE.

While RAKTDA has yet to reveal the exact length of the zip line, the authority said that it will be longer than 28 football fields and will break the record of Puerto Rico’s The Monster, which at 2,530m holds the current Guinness World Record for longest zip line in the world.

The Monster was developed and is being operated by Toro Verde, the same company that has been engaged to build, operate, and maintain the zip line facility in Ras Al Khaimah.

Toro Verde is a subsidiary of Puerto Rico-based Magno Genesis Holding Group.

The Jebel Jais zip line facility will be developed in three phases. Phase 1 will open to the public later this year in December, while Phase 2 is expected to be ready by April or May next year and Phase 3 by December 2018.

Phase 1 of the project is expected to cost around $2m (AED7.3m) to $3m (AED11m), while the overall value of the project, which will also include a dedicated VIP lounge and welcome centre, will be between $6m (AED22m) and $10m (AED36.7m), Toro Verde told Construction Week.

Haitham Mattar, chief executive officer of RAKTDA, commented: “Phase 1 […] will have two zip lines – the longest zip line in the world and another zip line. However, we may have up to 10 zip lines within the coming year from the opening.”

Noting that the zip line will be the flagship tourism product of the emirate, Mattar said that the project is part of RAKTDA’s strategy to raise the number of visitors to Ras Al Khaimah to three million by 2025.

He added: “Building on the success of last year’s launch of the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata adventure product, the new zip line represents Ras Al Khaimah’s most significant tourism product opening since Al Marjan Island, our coral shaped leisure tourism archipelago.

“This key product launch will further enhance Ras Al Khaimah’s mountain-to-beach offering as the emirate moves towards its goal of attracting one million visitors next year.”

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