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Ready to go (photo: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority)

Ras Al Khaimah reveals new adventure attractions

More ziplines are being added to make a “tour”, obstacles will be suspended in the air, and there will be “exciting free falls”.

Not content merely with having the longest zipline in the world, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority in the United Arab Emirates has started construction on a flagship adventure tourism product in its latest push to attract tourists.

The now-famous Jebel Jais zipline, which is over 2.8 kilometres long, is to be one of the focal points in the new Toroverde Adventure Park on the UAE’s highest mountain.

The new adventure park will be launched in the first half of 2019 and “will bring us one step closer to becoming an internationally recognised destination, as we aim to attract three million visitors by 2025,” says Haitham Mattar, the authority’s chief executive.

Among the future attractions in the park will be the Bull Maze on the Viewing Deck Park, launching in the second quarter of next year, consisting of a field of 35 “difficult obstacles” suspended in the air, distributed over three floors of a 20-metre-high structure, which “will challenge each participant to face their limits”.

A Climbing Tower in the Viewing Deck Park, meanwhile, will feature activities ranging from easy climbs for kids to spiral stairs and “exciting free falls utilising the latest technology to test the abilities of extreme thrill seekers”.

Construction has also begun on the Zipline Tour, scheduled to launch in February 2019, which will feature seven ziplines flying over Jebel Jais from top to bottom, connected by hanging bridges, rappel style cables, and platforms resembling bird’s nests.

Adventure potential
The authority hopes that the new project will add another world-class attraction to the emirate’s expanding portfolio of adventure tourism, while further strengthening its position as one of the fastest growing destinations in the region.

International markets accounted for 66% of overall visitors in the first half of 2018, which the emirate says is putting it on the right track to capitalise on the global adventure tourism industry through the introduction of new and innovative products with both local and international appeal. Nordic arrivals are contributing to the total.

The new Adventure Park on Jebel Jais “recognises a sector of our tourism proposition that is fundamental to the growth of Ras Al Khaimah as a global destination,” Mattar says.

“With the increasing number of visitors we are witnessing year-on-year, we believe that the introduction of new attractions is essential to maintaining Ras Al Khaimah’s strong position on the world tourism map.”

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