RAS AL KHAIMAH 9 March 2019: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has entered into agreement with Mantis to operate the upcoming ‘Luxury Camp’ project on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.
The announcement was made yesterday by Haitham Mattar, RAKTDA CEO and John Hannah, MD of Mantis UK during a signing ceremony at the annual ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair.
The luxury mountain camp will be located at the height of approximately 600 to 700 metres above sea-level – on Jebel Jais offering visitors spectacular mountain views of the Hajar mountains, and a year-round retreat with temperatures around 10 degrees cooler than the rest of UAE.
Expected to be completed in 2020, the tented camp will comprise a total of 47 luxury units – 34 deluxe tents, 11 one-bedroom tented suites with a private pool, and 2 two-bedroom tented suites with a private pool – complemented further by state-of-the-art facilities such as a health club, heated pool, spa & wellness center, kids’ play area, fire pit, and a restaurant.
The eco-tourism project complements the array of adventure tourism attractions currently on offer in the Emirate and will feature the latest technology to minimize energy use and conserve water.
Haitham Mattar said: “With the right investment and the use of best practice to develop sustainable tourism, we envision a globally recognized destination attracting close to 1.5 million visitors by 2021, and 3 million visitors by 2025”.
Over the last few years, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority launched three new eco-friendly adventure-based projects on the UAE’s highest mountain Jebel Jais – positioning it as the nature adventure hub of the Middle East and complementing the offering of the neighbouring Emirates. These include the Arabian Gulf’s first commercial Via Ferrata (iron path) which features hiking and zip-line challenges, the viewing deck park and the Jebel Jais Flight: the world’s longest zip-line which has welcomed over 25,000 flyers since its launch a year ago.