To mark International Mountain Day on Saturday, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority unveiled a series of new attractions coming to the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais.
The additions were made with sustainable tourism and eco-conservation in mind, the authority said, and will include attractions that will “integrate seamlessly into the mountain’s ecosystem”. Improvements to Jebel Jais are part of the half a billion dirham investment. announced earlier this year by the authority.
Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, which opened in 2020, has been expanded with redesigned cabins, while the UAE’s tallest restaurant, 1484 by Puro, which reopened in October, now has a larger terrace and a new rooftop lounge, The View by 1484, which offers stunning mountain views.
Upcoming attractions include Jais Sledder, a toboggan ride 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 brave enough to try the double swing, will provide unparalleled views and is sure to be popular with Instagram users.
For those who prefer to stay on land, there will be Earth Altitude, a pop-up hotel, with 15 eco-responsible accommodations and a swimming pool, which will 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 offer 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 foodie village, with vintage truck restaurants, an outdoor cinema and children’s play areas, which is due to open at 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, mindful activities and creative experiences.
“As guardians of our beautiful emirate, it is our duty to protect and conserve the Hajar Mountains. There’s 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, dramatic mountain ranges. This is at the heart of our new destination tourism strategy to become the regional leader in eco-friendly tourism by 2025 so that we can welcome three million visitors a year by 2030 in a responsible and purposeful way” , said Raki Phillips, managing director of Ras Al. Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
Other additions include improved hiking trails, Electric mountain bikes and new electric vehicle charging stations for visitors.
“Jebel Jais is home to Ras Al Khaimah’s most iconic nature and adventure attractions. We continue to evolve the mountain’s multitude of experiences to attract more people and give visitors the chance to get closer to its spectacular terrain and natural vistas, without impacting the local ecosystem,” said Alison Grinnell. , Managing Director of RAK Hospitality Holding. “These upgrades will solidify its position as the ideal getaway for those seeking new adventures, outdoor and survival experiences or simply looking to escape city life.”
Updated: December 11, 2021, 12:33 p.m.