If you’re an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker, do not miss out on riding the world’s longest zipline – Jebel Jais Flight at Ras Al Khaimah.
The UAE’s newest attraction, which sees people travel at speeds of up to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain, just opened on February 1, but it’s expected to be a big hit for those interested in extreme adventure activities.
To mark the occasion of the launch, the Jebel Jais Flight – The World’s Longest Zipline’ – also won a Guinness World Record. The official certification was handed to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.
Those who take the ride can look forward to a thrilling experience. There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but must weigh a maximum of 150kg, and minimum of 45kg for ‘fliers’ who must be at least 120 cm tall. The price is Dh650.
Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a ‘superman’ style position. The flight will take no more than three minutes. And once completed, you will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform transferring to a second line, measuring at 1km, to complete your journey back to the ground.
“It actually comprises two main zipline cables, allowing friends and family members to experience and race together, adding to the fun and competitiveness of the facility,” said Jorge Jorge, CEO of Toro Verde RAK.
“Zipline pilots will experience a flight like never before while being secure and safe. While the time and speed they complete the flight in is dependent on weight and weather conditions, the whole experience is expected to last around two to three minutes, with top speeds reaching between 120 and 150km per hour. We anticipate the attraction accommodating a rider every five minutes on the two zip lines, equating to approximately 200 people per day, and around 100,000 per year.”
He added: “We also believe given its location in Jebel Jais, which is traditionally 10 degrees cooler than average UAE temperatures, we can operate during the summer months.”
Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, is convinced the zipline will be a massive success in the Emirate.
“This is a great achievement for Ras Al Khaimah’s international tourism ambitions,” he said.
“We are now receiving our largest-ever number of visitor arrivals and are confident that Jebel Jais Flight: the world’s longest zipline, will earn the UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah considerable recognition on the local, regional and global stage and propel the destination into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. The Jebel Jais Flight will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East. We are expecting to see an increasing number of adventure tourists coming from across the globe to try this bucket list experience.”
What: Jebel Jais Flight
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
Contact: For more information or to book a place, toroverdeuae.com
The highly-anticipated XYoga Dubai festival will make its return to the emirate in March, this time at a new location.
Following a memorable inaugural edition in Downtown Dubai in 2016, this year’s edition, with global fitness brand Reebok as the exclusive partner, will see two full days of classes designed to keep yogis of all abilities, interests and ages active and zen-like, from sunrise to sundown at Kite Beach from March 16-17.
Among the yogis confirmed to headline the event is 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, the world’s oldest yoga instructor.
Opening with a mass morning beach yoga session for 1,500 yogis on Friday, March 16, XYoga Dubai’s organiser XDubai has confirmed that it is expecting over 10,000 people for over 60 classes, workshops and performances that will be on offer. As a holistic yoga lifestyle event designed to encourage participants to make their mark, retail activations and outlets from both home-grown and international yoga-related brands, as well as a range of healthy food and beverage options will also be available to all attendees each day.
Over 35 international and local yoga instructors, including Porchon-Lynch, are expected to lead the sessions. Yoga styles represented will include sri sri yoga, yin yoga, clinical yoga, therapeutic yoga and art therapy yoga, as well as Arabic languages yoga classes, with many more to be announced.
Made possible by a partnership between global investment holding company Dubai Holding and XDubai, XYoga Dubai is one of three fitness events that under the partnership, will be held every year, for the next three years.
“XYoga Dubai is truly an event for all, whether you’re a beginner or expert or whether it’s your calling or simply your way to disconnect and relax. With the second edition of XYoga Dubai, we wanted to channel both the energy and spirit that made our inaugural event so extraordinary, to offer yogis of all levels and interests, new and unique experiences in the new and natural setting of Kite Beach,” said Mohammed Javad, general manager of XDubai.
“With two full days of yoga, led by world-renowned yogis, as well as outstanding teachers from the local yoga community, we are anticipating a fantastic response from the community for this holistic, engaging, and perhaps most importantly, inclusive yoga event.”
XYoga Dubai will be open to the public, but all classes, workshops and events will be subject to pre-registration. You can head to xyogadubai.com to register your interest to be kept up-to-date on announcements.
What: XYoga Dubai
Where: Kite Beach, Dubai
When: March 16-17
Contact: Visit xyogadubai.com to sign up and for more information
Located on the football grounds at Abu Dhabi Cricket, just metres away from the iconic cricket stadium, the Italian giants have opened their new centre, giving an opportunity for kids to enhance their skills and knowledge.
The new term is already under way, having began this week with classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Run by the club’s Italian approved coaches, children aged from four to 17 will undergo and fun and interactive coaching programme, while also testing themselves in tournaments and leagues.
The programme mirrors the philosophy of Bianconeri, helping the kids take their first steps into football with a training platform devised by some of Europe’s greatest coaches, while also aiming to develop footballers through a vision which combines technical aspects with mental, emotional and interpersonal ones.
On top of that, the players will also have the opportunity to travel to Italy during the summer and compete in the Juventus Academy World Cup – as well as attending a training experience session.
Just like their first-team, Juventus Academy have built a strong reputation of coaching the stars of tomorrow with up to 80 centres based across the world.
In the UAE, their Dubai academy has proven to be a huge success with already 500 children on their books so far.
And with the project managed by J Sports LLC, a joint venture between Al Masaood Group and FFG Sports Management LLC, Ahmed Al Masaood, vice chairman of Al Masaood Group, believes Abu Dhabi will be no different.
“We are honoured to represent one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Juventus was founded in 1897 and it is the only sports team in the world to be owned by the same family (Agnelli) for 94 years,” he said. “It is a great step to further strengthen the relationship between UAE and Italian culture and is sure to be highly valued by the Abu Dhabi community.”
What: Juventus Academy coaching programme
Where: Abu Dhabi Cricket facility, near Sheikh Zayed Stadium
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.juventus.com/