The World's Longest Zip Line Will Reach Speeds of 80 Miles Per Hour
You don’t need wings to fly.
At the tallest point of the Jebel Jais mountain in the United Arab Emirates, thrill seekers can finally know how it feels to soar like a bird (or a superhero) on the world’s longest zip line.
According to the Independent, the line will be longer than 28 soccer fields, which is at least 2,800 meters (about 9,200 feet or 1.7 miles) — more than three times the height of of Dubai’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. The line is scheduled to open in December.
What makes this zip line unique is that participants are strapped in the face-down position, which makes them really feel like they’re flying through the air.
There is no age limit, but participants have to meet the minimum weight of 77 lbs and the maximum weight of 330 lbs, and a minimum height of 47 inches.
The line launches from 1,934 meters (about 1.2 miles) above sea level. Speeds will range from 55 to 80 miles per hour along the line — a seemingly ridiculous stat considering riders are not in any kind of vehicle.
The line is set to beat the world record for the longest zip line, which is currently held by “The Monster” in Toro Verde's adventure park in Puerto Rico, which is 2,205 meters (about 1.4 miles) long.
“This zip line will be like no other experience out there. Once harnessed to the zip line in a horizontal superhero position, participants will soar through the sky as if they’re a bird. It’s the closest you can get to the experience of flying,” said Haitham Mattar, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority to The Independent.
Flying above the mountains doesn’t look like it's for the faint of heart, but that seems like all in a day’s work for a thrill seeking zipliner.