NEW OB­SER­VA­TION DECK AT J EB EL J AI S

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Who’s the most ad­ven­tur­ous emi­rate of them all? By the looks of it, Ras Al Khaimah is vy­ing for that po­si­tion with plans to open a new ob­ser­va­tion deck close to the sum­mit of Jebel Jais in Oc­to­ber.

After launch­ing the UAE’s long­est zip line and the re­gion’s first Via Fer­rata, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (RAKTDA) is de­vel­op­ing the Jebel Jais Ob­ser­va­tion Deck – a mul­ti­func­tional fa­cil­ity that not only will of­fer panoramic vis­tas of the Ha­jar Moun­tains and stun­ning sun­rise and sun­set van­tage points, but also dou­ble up as base camp for hik­ers and bik­ers who fre­quent the moun­tain trails in and around the area. Plans are also un­der­way for an events area, walk­ing paths and a ded­i­cated food truck zone be­cause who wouldn’t want to pic­nic al­most 1,300 me­tres above sea level? The ic­ing on the cake is that it’s al­ways 10 de­grees cooler at Jebel Jais than the rest of the coun­try mak­ing the hot new de­vel­op­ment a cool spot to be at.

As a sig­na­tory to the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (UNWTO) In­ter­na­tional Year for Sus­tain­able Tourism for De­vel­op­ment, the ob­ser­va­tion deck will fol­low sus­tain­able meth­ods such as so­lar en­ergy for light­ing and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als sourced lo­cally to en­sure the deck blends ‘as seam­lessly as pos­si­ble into the moun­tain façade’, said Haitham Mat­tar, CEO of RAKTDA. This new at­trac­tion is part of RAK’s Vi­sion 2019 tourism strat­egy, which aims to at­tract one mil­lion vis­i­tors by the end of 2018.

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