New ‘viewing deck’ on top of Jebel Jais mountain

By Angel Chan

RAS AL KHAIMAH 9 February 2018: Ras Al Khaimah has opened a new Viewing Deck Park close to the summit of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain.

The opening was attended by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and other dignitaries.

It features seven viewing decks complete with 12 binoculars to enjoy superb vistas of the Arabian Gulf and the deep, rocky Al Hajar Mountain valleys all from 1,250 metres above sea level.

Visitors can also watch tourists take on the Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline and will soon be able to enjoy refreshments from the dedicated food truck zone.

The attraction will serve tourists and residents looking to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, as well as hotel guests and day-trippers who are visiting Jebel Jais to experience the World’s Longest Zipline and Via Ferrata.

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Open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 11pm on weekends, the 22,730 square metre park is expected to further increase the popularity of the spectacular Hajar Mountains.

In addition to the viewing platforms, the park will have restroom facilities and on-site parking for 74 vehicles including handicapped spaces.

The park is also shaping up to be a case study in sustainable tourism. It is lit by solar energy with long-term sustainability playing a key role in its design and operations for which locally-sourced, natural materials have been used to ensure it blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings.

The park is seen as another key milestone for Ras Al Khaimah’s Vision 2019 tourism strategy, which aims to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018. RAKTDA has invested heavily in a range of adventure and wellness products which leverage the Emirate’s superb array of natural assets, with a key focus on Jebel Jais and the surrounding area. The Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (iron path), which opened over a year ago, has been met with outstanding success and anticipation, and last week the world’s longest zipline was officially launched.

The adventure tourism approach is building on Ras Al Khaimah’s established popularity with avid hikers and tour groups tempted by the rocky pathways which skirt ancient villages in the mountain ranges. It has also attracted road-trip enthusiasts since the opening of a newly extended road over a year ago which snakes up towards Jebel Jais, now the emirate’s top-rated attraction on Trip Advisor.