Ras Al Khaimah
Many people only visit Dubai, and dont really see what else the United Arab Emirates have to offer. If it had not been for me being offered a free tour with the Worlds longest zipline I probably also would have not have ventured out on the two hour drive to the city in the North.
Ras Al Khaimah is a city on the border to Oman, which is less populated and developed than Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but still just as interesting to explore.
During my stay there I got to walk the corniche, hang out at the beach and then visit the Toro Verde Zipline in the Jebel Jais mountains.
The one hour drive from RAK city center to the zipline welcoming center was a very scenic one, with serpentine roads going though a mountain landscape looking a bit like the inside of the Grand Canyon.
On the top I was given a briefing and handed out the equipment needed for the zipline. It didnt take long before signing up to the point where I was standing in a pushup position facing my head towards the 2,8kilometer line going over the mountains.
When they let go of my feet and sent me down the line, it was very intense at the beginning, but after 5-6 seconds I had reached my top speed (which they say could be anything from 150km/h to 180km/h) and after that it was a rather peaceful and enjoyable experience. At the bottom I was actually surprised to see that I was only just halfway and still had another zipline to go, which was at an up right position, before I was done.
A Revisit to the Worlds highest building when passing through Dubai again
At the end a shuttle took us up to the top again where we delivered our equipment and could have a rest with the best view before heading down to Ras Al Khaimah again.