Zipline in Dubai? Definitely! Dubai and the neighbouring emirate of Ras al Khaimah are home to two of the world's coolest, and longest, rides. Expect dizzying heights and speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.
Let's start by explaining what a zipline is, for those of you who might not know. It's a kind of zip line where a person strapped into a harness rides along a wire. The starting point is high up, often on a mountain, and the ride goes downhill at a very high speed.
On a travel to Dubai, the destination that always wants to be the worst, you have the chance to ride both the world's longest zipline and the world's longest urban zipline, i.e. in an urban environment. Let's start with the latter.
XLine Dubai Marina
In December 2017, the world's longest urban zipline opened in Dubai Marina. The company behind the attraction had previously tested it in Downtown Dubai, with great success. However, the new zipline was longer, steeper and faster.
XLine Dubai Marina is 1 kilometre long, has a gradient of 16 degrees and you can reach speeds of around 80 kilometres per hour.
As the name suggests, it passes over, or rather through, Dubai Marina. So you'll be whizzing along over water, among some of the world's tallest skyscrapers. A magnificent ride that starts at the top of the 170-metre high Amwaj Towers.
Jebel Jais Zipline - the world's longest
For an even more adrenaline-pumping adventure, head to Dubai's neighbouring emirate of Ras al Khaimah.
From Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, runs the cable car that is now the world's longest zipline.
The track is just over 2.8 kilometres long and speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour are involved!
To share the experience with a friend, two wires run side by side. The same goes for the XLine in Dubai Marina.
The ride will cost you a bit, but it will be an experience to remember for a lifetime.