View Jebel Jais from a whole new angle

 View Jebel Jais from a whole new angle
The deck will be lit by solar energy, and is being built 1,300 metres above sea level.

Ras Al Khaimah - In addition to several viewing platforms, the Jebel Jais Observation Deck will serve as a base camp for hikers and bikers looking to test themselves on the rugged mountain range.



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Published: Sun 2 Jul 2017, 8:59 PM

Last updated: Mon 3 Jul 2017, 7:49 PM

A new observation desk close to the summit of Ras Al Khaimah's Jebel Jais - the highest peak in the UAE at 1,934 metres above sea level - is set to open in October. The Jebel Jais Observation Deck will boast a series of viewing platforms to experience the awe-inspiring vistas, bird life, flora and fauna of the emirate's Al Hajar Mountain range, which borders Oman. The project is being developed by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which manages, regulates and promotes the emirate's tourism industry. 
In addition to several viewing platforms, the Jebel Jais Observation Deck will serve as a base camp for hikers and bikers looking to test themselves on the rugged mountain range. The facility, which will also feature a multi-purpose events arena, picnic areas, numerous walking paths and a dedicated food truck zone, is due to open to the public in October. The deck, which will be lit by solar energy, has been designed by Naga and is being built on RAKTDA's behalf by Botanical some 1,300 metres above sea level. 
"The appeal will extend beyond the very active. The deck will let visitors take in stunning sea and mountain views, and the magnificent sunrises and sunsets which cast a dancing performance of light and shadow over the area every morning and evening. The Jebel Jais Observation Deck will also include a versatile events arena and a permanent area for food trucks serving members of the public and international guests who want to experience the fresh mountain air in temperatures that are traditionally around 10 degrees lower than the UAE average," said Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA.
With groundwork already underway, Mattar revealed the site's long-term sustainability has played a key role in its design and operational functionality. "Having signed as a sponsor of the UNWTO's International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, sustainability is a key component of Ras Al Khaimah's overall tourism proposition," explained Mattar. "In addition to solar providing an obvious solution to lighting the facility, we have worked very hard to implement natural, locally-sourced materials into the site. We want the Jebel Jais Observation Deck to blend as seamlessly as possible into the mountain façade."
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