Lonely Planet Writer

The world’s longest and highest zip-line is to open this year in the United Arab Emirates

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, a new challenge has entered the international arena in the form of the world’s longest zip-line. At three times the length of the Burj Khalifa – itself the tallest structure in the world – the zip-line will be launched this December on the United Arab Emirates’ highest peak, Jebel Jais, in Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate.

The world’s longest zip line launch platform at Ras Al Khaimah. Image: RAKTDA

Jebel Jais rises 1934 metres above sea level, but the exact length of the zip-line won’t been revealed until the official opening. It will be certified by the Guinness World Records at that point, and is also expected to be named as the world’s highest zip-line. The cable itself will weigh in at seven tonnes and will consist of two lines, allowing friends and family to take part together.

Riders will be harnessed to the zip-line in a flying Superman position, and the flight will take them to a suspended landing platform. There they will be transferred to a second line, measuring 300m, to complete their journey back to the ground. The zip-line will be able to accommodate 350 people a day, and those experiencing the hair-raising journey are expected to travel between speeds of 90 and 130km per hour.

World’s longest zip line welcome centre at Ras Al Khaimah. Image: RAKTDA

The multi-million dollar attraction will be launched by Toro Verde in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. It is being designed by Jorge Jorge, director of Toro Verde Adventure Park in Puerto Rico. “This zip-line will be like no other experience out there,” says Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA. “Once harnessed to the zip-line in a horizontal superhero position, participants will soar through the sky as if they’re a bird.”

For further information on the zip line, see here.