The world’s longest zipline will open in the United Arab Emirates on Friday (February 2, 2018), propelling thrill-seekers at speeds of up to 150 km/h down the Middle East country’s highest mountain peak.
The 2.8-kilometre zipline, spanning the equivalent of 28 soccer fields, was certified this week by the Guinness World Records, the local tourism authority said.
But this world record is not in the glitzy regional financial and tourist hub of Dubai, or the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi. It is in relatively less developed Ras Al Khaimah, located in the country’s north along the Oman border.
Most visitors to the UAE spend their time in Dubai, home to one of the world’s largest shopping centres, and an indoor ski slope. Ras Al Khaimah hopes the zipline, starting 1,680 meters above sea level on top of the Jebel Jais mountain, will draw in tourists.
“The suspended platform is also very unique. It’s the first of its kind this ever done in the world. It is a nine and a half tonne platform with a glass bottom that’s anchored with eight anchors in the mountains. But it also offers a smooth arrival and landing for the flyers on the zip line,” CEO of Ras al Khaimah tourism development authority, Haitham Hattar said.
The zipline can handle as many as 100,000 people a year, and though there are no age restrictions, riders must be at least 1.22 meters tall and no heavier than 150 kilograms.
The UAE’s latest record will be added to a mantle of achievements that includes the world’s tallest building, and artificial palm-shaped islands.
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