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United Arab Emirates opens world’s longest zipline

Thrill-seekers will glide for 1.76 miles past rocky terrain in Ras al-Khaimah.

The United Arab Emirates has claimed a world record with the opening of the world’s longest zip line, measuring 1.76 miles (2.83km) 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 5,512ft (1,680 metres) above sea level. For nearly three minutes, riders are suspended above the mountain as they glide past rocky terrain.

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

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