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Jebel Jais Flight

World’s longest zipline unveils second stage

The zipline is in Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northernmost Emirate, a short journey by road from Dubai.

In response to what it says is visitor demand for the world’s longest zipline, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has revealed at ITB Berlin that it will open phase two to visitors this autumn.

This will feature two new cables and will raise the capacity of the Jebel Jais Flight to 400 people a day, or around 200,000 per year, Breaking Travel News reports.

The UAE’s northernmost Emirate, a short journey by road from Dubai, made the announcement at ITB Berlin. It also said that ziplining by night would start this summer.

The attraction is the latest effort by the tourism authority to lure tourists to its rugged landscape, which includes the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak. Other attractions include the hiking and climbing routes of the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, or Iron Path.

Growing visitor numbers
Visitor numbers to Ras Al Khaimah rose 19% in 2017, with Germany, the UK, Russia and India being its biggest source markets, and Eastern European markets such as Poland and the Czech Republic also seeing significant growth.

The Ras Al Khaimah stand at ITB brings together 16 travel industry companies including hotels, destination management firms and tourist attractions.

“The opening of the world’s longest zipline has considerably aided the recognition of the destination on the global stage and demonstrated that we are upping the ante as the region’s fastest growing tourism destination,” said Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

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