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Ras Al Khaimah's Jebel Jais Flight zipline can now be enjoyed in London thanks to latest AR technology

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Star UAE jiu-jitsu athlete Faisal Al Ketbi (r) tries out the Jebel Jais Zipline.

Imagine standing 1,680m above sea level with mountain views as far as the eye can see and setting off on a 100mph zipline where you will fly like a falcon for 2.83 kilometers.

Now imagine experiencing all of this while still being within a few hundred metres of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Anyone visiting London can now experience a taster of the record breaking world’s longest zipline – recently opened in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, thanks to the launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR) zipline experience, dubbed The Jebel Jais Flight London at Zip Now London.

Created in partnership between the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Zip Now London, visitors will get the physical thrill of riding the world’s longest and fastest urban zipline, situated in Waterloo, while enjoying the views from the Guinness World Record setting Jebel Jais Flight zipline thanks to the latest AR technology.

The Jebel Jais Flight London will see thrill seekers use the latest headsets to virtually transport themselves to the top of the world’s longest zipline.

Riding on a dedicated line with specially trained instructors, anyone riding will first enjoy the original Zip Now London experience and will then ride for a second time using the virtual reality headset when they will immerse themselves in the 360 degree views of the Jebel Jais Flight.

The  Jebel Jais Flight zipline in RAK.

The Jebel Jais Flight zipline in RAK.

Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority which is actively promoting Ras Al Khaimah in the UK market, said of the new experience: “With world leading experiences such as the Jebel Jais Flight we’re transforming Ras Al Khaimah from an undiscovered Emirate to the adventure hub of the middle east, making our stunning mountain range accessible and enjoyable for the first time.

“The Jebel Jais Flight London is giving adventure seekers a completely unique way to experience riding a record-setting attraction from an undiscovered part of the globe, but from right here in the heart of the city.

“By combining the fantastic ride of Zip Now London and the latest 360 video and augmented reality technologies, we’ve created a world first experience people can enjoy all summer long.”

Barry Shevarin, CEO of Zip Now added: “This amazing partnership has enabled the most exciting and innovative urban ziplining experience ever.

“Not only are our lines carrying more people further and faster than before, but now visitors can transport themselves to the top of Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah and experience the attraction that everyone in adventure tourism is talking about.”

The Jebel Jais Flight London at Zip Now London.

The Jebel Jais Flight London at Zip Now London.

Located on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais Flight is the world’s longest zipline at 2.83km, propelling adventure seekers at speeds between 120 and 150kph from a height of 1,683m above sea level.

Participants ride the line on special ‘superhero’ style horizontal harnesses with the longest flight itself taking between two and three minutes. Guests finish the bucket list flight on a stunning, glass-bottomed suspended landing platform where they are transferred to a second line to complete their journey.

The Jebel Jais Flight London can be booked at https://zip-now.co/, with tickets available from £49 (Dh236).

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Hafthor Bjornsson to headline World’s Ultimate Strongman in Dubai

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The world’s strongest men are coming to Dubai – for an event the likes of which has never been seen before.

World’s Ultimate Strongman will be held in the spectacular Bab Al Shams Arena in October – but is far more than just a strongman event.

Organisers are creating a sports and entertainment extravaganza more akin to a music festival – with a day of events, activities, entertainment shows and competition – topped off by some of the most incredible feats of strength the world has ever seen.

The headline strongman event promises to rival and surpass any strongman event to date, with a who’s who line-up.

Leading light will be Hafthor Bjornsson, known to many as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones. The six foot nine, 195kg monster, lifted the World’s Strongest Man crown earlier this year and will be one of the main contenders for the top prize on the day – the biggest the sport of strongman has ever seen.

Alongside Bjornsson will be two former World’s Strongest Man winners in American Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas, from Lithuania. The pair have eight WSM titles between them.

Add to this some of the sport’s brightest young talents in Iron Biby, Mateusz Kieliszkowski and Tom Stoltman, and the level of competition is clear.

Other competitors battling it out for the WUS title are JF Caron, Terry Hollands, Martins Licis, Laurence Shahlaei, Robert Oberst, Matjaz Belsak, Luke Stoltman and Konstantine Janashia.

Brian Shaw

The jaw-dropping events they will take part in include a truck pull, log press, deadlift and the famous atlas stones – all in the middle of the Bab Al Shams Arena, a spectacular setting which will only add to the gladiatorial drama of the competition.

The event is supported by Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Tourism and Bab Al Shams, with more big name partnerships to be announced soon.

Already involved are local organisations Desert Barbell and Fitness in DXB who will both be running competitions on the day – one to find Dubai’s bench press king – the other to discover the city’s fittest human.

There will be a host of other activities for crowds to enjoy, all in a festival-style atmosphere with live music and food and beverage packages. This will include Shaolin Monk performances, Hawaiian fire dancers, obstacle courses, a UFC experience, Capoeira fighters and a spectacular fireworks display.

Don Idrees and Mark Boyd, founders and producers of World’s Ultimate Strongman – Beasts in the Middle East, say crowds are going to enjoy a truly unique experience. “This is so much more than your average sporting event,” they said.

“We want people to leave on the day thoroughly enthralled and entertained by what they have both witnessed and taken part in.

“We have brought in a host of features to give us a family-friendly festival feel with great events, entertainment, attractions and activities that would be a great day out in their own right – the only difference here is we have the spectacle of the world’s strongest man competing as the headline act.

“We are delighted to have athletes of this magnitude competing and are looking forward to welcoming spectators from all over the world.”

Tickets for the event start at Dh249, with children under 12 going free. For more information and to buy tickets or international travel packages, visit www.worldsultimatestrongman.com

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Special Olympics launches summer mentoring camp at Dubai Sports World

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The local organising committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is hosting a six-week summer camp in Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre to engage people with intellectual disabilities ahead of the World Games.

The camp, supported by Dubai Sports Council and Emaar Properties, started on Monday and will see participants attend weekly training sessions in football, basketball and cycling, with the help of qualified coaches, culminating in a tournament to put skills to the test.

Special Olympics ambassadors, members of the UAE Special Olympics team and Emaar employees will also join the weekly training sessions to help train and mentor participants

Khalfan Mohamad Almazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “With next year’s Special Olympics World Games taking place in Abu Dhabi, this is one of the many events and initiatives that we are taking part in to engage with the wider community of people with intellectual disabilities across the UAE to encourage the movement to live in a more unified and inclusive society in the UAE and abroad.”

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Our support to the summer camp, as part of our role as a partner of the Special Olympics World Games 2019, underlines our commitment to corporate social responsibility.

“We look forward to hosting similar initiatives in Dubai and across the world-class venues owned by Emaar in the run up to the World Games to help build awareness on the message of inclusion and tolerance across the UAE and beyond.”

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, scheduled for March 8-22, will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing more than 170 countries.

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