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World’s longest zip line opens for thrills

  • Kamran Jebreili

  • Thrill-seekers prepare to leap off the UAE’s highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain near Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, a thrill-seeker prepares to leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to... Kamran Jebreili

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public.... Kamran Jebreili

  • The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 1.76 miles in length.

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers ride fron the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public.... Kamran Jebreili

  • Thrill-seekers descend from the UAE’s highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 15.5 miles north east of Ras al-Khaimah. Kamran Jebreili photos / AP

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers descind the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP... Kamran Jebreili


Associated Press
Saturday, February 03, 2018

The United Arab Emirates claimed a record on Thursday with the opening of the world’s longest zip line, measuring 1.76 miles in length.

Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah on the same day the attraction opened to the public.

The Jebel Jais Flight takes thrill-seekers atop the country’s largest mountain peak, from a launch pad 5,512 feet above sea level. For nearly three minutes, riders are suspended above the mountain as they glide past rocky terrain.

It’s the latest effort by the smaller, lesser-known emirate of Ras al-Khaimah to attract more tourists and expatriate visitors from neighboring emirates like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which has two separate zip line attractions whizzing past some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers.