An artist's impression of the mountain camp on Jebel Jais.
PHOTO BY RAKTDA
RAS AL KHAIMAH – A luxury mountain camp will open on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, as part of Ras Al Khaimah’s eco-tourism project, according to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).
The authority has entered into agreement with Mantis UK to operate the upcoming luxury camp.
According to RAKTDA, the tented camp is expected to be completed in 2020 and will sit approximately 600 to 700 metres above sea-level – on Jebel Jais offering visitors spectacular mountain views of the Hajar mountains.
Its location will also offer a year-round retreat with temperatures around 10 degrees cooler than the rest of UAE.
The 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 a health club, heated pool, spa ad wellness center, kids’ play area, fire pit, and a restaurant.
The unique, 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, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said Ras Al Khaimah hopes to attract nearly 1.5 million visitors by 2021 and three million visitors by 2025 with the addition of the luxury camp.
“Jebel Jais remains core to Ras Al Khaimah’s proposition as we capitalize on the global adventure tourism industry to secure further interest from investors in this growing segment,” Mattar said.
“The launch of the luxury camp project further demonstrates the Emirate’s commitment to attracting investments in eco-friendly and sustainable tourism products. Ras Al Khaimah has already made many significant steps towards affirming its position as a sustainable destination, and through the continued collaboration with hospitality partners, the Emirate is on track to realize its vision to become a sustainable and competitive tourism destination, and a leading contributor to Ras Al Khaimah’s economy,” he added.
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.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority recently announced the launch of its new Destination Strategy 2019-2021. The strategic three-year programme will focus on diversifying the emirate’s tourism offering to attract a wider segment of tourists and higher yield visitors looking for authentic experiences.
The strategy aims to attract foreign and local investment within the tourism sector, nurturing home-grown small and medium enterprises to create further employment and business opportunities for Emiratis, while prioritizing sustainable nature-based adventure and authentic cultural experiences. GAD/Expat Media
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