Monday, 5 February 2018

Arab Emirates opens world's longest zip line.

The United Arab Emirates has broken records with the opening of the world's longest zip line. With it it the small Emirate Ras al-Khaimah hopes,in terms of tourism, to step out of the shadow of its big neighbor Dubai.

Measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length, Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah on the same day it opened to the public on February 1. It is 600 meters longer than the previous record holder 'The Monster' in Puerto Rico. With this new attraction tourism officials hope it will make Ras al-Khaimah the 'go-to' destination for global adventure tourists.

The Jebel Jais Flight takes thrill-seekers atop the country's largest mountain peak, from a launch pad 1,680 meters (5,512 feet) above sea level. For nearly three minutes, riders are suspended above the mountain as they fly head first 'Superman-style' up to a speed of 150 kilometers per hour past rocky terrain. The zip line is an impressive sight and a feat of engineering: two cables, meaning two people can race each other, hang from a launch platform dropping down to a suspended pad where riders land before being dropped off down the mountain. 

Full story at DW.

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