Dubai unveils a new zip line among towering skyscrapers

2017-12-07 08:34
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AP/Kamran Jebreili

AP/Kamran Jebreili

Dubai - Dubai is offering thrill-seekers a new way to see its dazzling skyscrapers: On one of the world's longest zip lines.

The 170 metre-high XLine opens this week in Dubai's Marina neighborhood. For an entire kilometre, those brave enough can whiz past some of Marina's tallest skyscrapers at a speed of 80km/h.

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A similar zip line opened two years ago near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai. The new zip line, however, is double the length and offers couples the chance to experience the thrill together with two zip lines running adjacent to one another.

The zip line starts at the top of one of the Marina's towers and lands near the Marina Mall.

Tickets cost around $180 a person (about R2 500) and run the whole week. You have to be between the ages of 12 and 65, taller than 130cm and weigh between 50 to 100kg.

This is part of the XDubai programme, a campaign from the city to market itself as a top extreme sports destination. According to their website, they ask visitors to 'defy their limits'.

"It’s our take on living an active lifestyle in Dubai. In a city that prides itself in doing more than expected, its sporting culture shouldn’t be any different. By drawing the energy of the world by collaborating with local and international sporting brands, we aim to make Dubai the adrenaline capital of the world."

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