United Arab Emirates opens world's longest zip line

In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, a thrill-seeker prepares to leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers prepare to leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers leap off the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers ride from the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers descind the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers ride fron the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, a thrill-seeker rides from the UAE's highest mountain as he tries out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 photo, thrill-seekers descind from the UAE's highest mountain as they try out a new zip line, on the peak of Jebel Jais mountain, 25 kms (15.5 miles) north east of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The UAE is claiming a new world record with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length. Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line on Thursday, the same day the attraction opened to the public. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates claimed a record on Thursday with the opening of the world's longest zip line, measuring 2.83 kilometers (1.76 miles) in length.

Guinness World Records officials certified the zip line in Ras al-Khaimah on the same day the attraction opened to the public.

The Jebel Jais Flight takes thrill-seekers atop the country's largest mountain peak, from a launch pad 1,680 meters (5,512 feet) above sea level. For nearly three minutes, riders are suspended above the mountain as they glide past rocky terrain.

It's the latest effort by the smaller, lesser-known emirate of Ras al-Khaimah to attract more tourists and expatriate visitors from neighboring emirates like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which recently opened the world's longest ubran zip line whizzing past towering skyscrapers.

A temporary zip line attraction last year hoisted riders with a close view of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.

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