New Jebel Jais attractions include the paragliding site and the ‘longest’ toboggan ride

To mark International Mountain Day on Saturday, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority unveiled a series of new attractions coming up to the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais.

The additions were made in the interests of sustainable tourism and eco-conservation, the authority said, and will include attractions that “will fit seamlessly into the mountain ecosystem.” The improvements on Jebel Jais are part of the investment of half a billion dirhams. announced earlier this year by the authority.

Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, which opened in 2020, has been expanded with redesigned cabins added, while the UAE’s tallest restaurant, 1484 by Puro, which reopened in October, now has a terrace larger and a new rooftop lounge, The View by 1484, which offers stunning mountain views.

Upcoming attractions include Jais Sledder, a toboggan run that will be the longest in the region at 1,840 meters, when it opens later in December. There is Jais Wings, which will be the first site dedicated to paragliding in the Gulf.

Jais Swing, for those who are brave enough to try the double swing, will offer unparalleled views and will certainly be popular with Instagram users.

For those who prefer to stay on the ground, there will be Earth Altitude, a pop-up hotel, with 15 eco-responsible accommodations and a swimming pool, scheduled to open in early 2022, and Cloud7 Camp Jebel Jais, a sustainable glamping experience with 30 accommodation units, scheduled for the months of 2022.

Basecamp Jais will provide affordable accommodation and will also be a recreation center, offering yoga and live Emirati cuisine. This too will open at the end of 2022. While Jais Yard is expected to be a gourmet village, with vintage truck restaurants, an outdoor cinema and children’s play areas, which is expected to open in the end of next year.

For 2023, Saij, A Mantis Collection Mountain Lodge, will open a mountain retreat, offering 70 nature-focused luxury lodges with guided hikes, mindfulness activities and creative experiences.

As guardians of our beautiful emirate, it is our duty to protect and conserve the Hajar Mountains. There is no denying that nature is at the heart of our destination with stunning topography ranging from long stretches of pristine beaches and sprawling deserts to, of course, spectacular mountain ranges. It is at the heart of our new destination tourism strategy to become the regional leader in environmentally friendly tourism by 2025 so that we can welcome three million visitors per year by 2030 in a responsible and determined manner ” said Raki Phillips, chief executive of Ras Al. Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Other additions include improved hiking trails, Electric mountain bikes and new charging stations for electric vehicles for visitors.

“Jebel Jais is home to Ras Al Khaimah’s most iconic adventure and natural attractions. We continue to evolve the multitude of mountain experiences to attract more people and give visitors the chance to get closer to its spectacular terrain and natural views, without impacting the local ecosystem, ”said Alison Grinnell, Managing Director of RAK Hospitality Holding. “These upgrades will strengthen its position as the perfect getaway for those seeking new adventures, outdoor and survival experiences, or just looking to escape city life.”

Updated: December 11, 2021, 12:33 PM

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