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HURTLING down the world’s longest zipline at a staggering 75mph takes sightseeing at speed to a whole new level.

Strapped in, face-down, with my arms and legs pinned to my sides like a skeleton competitor in the winter Olympics, my cheeks wobble in the wind as a spectacular, craggy mountain range whizzes past beneath me.

Hurtling down the world’s longest zipline at a staggering 75mph takes sightseeing at speed to a whole new level

Hurtling down the world’s longest zipline at a staggering 75mph takes sightseeing at speed to a whole new level
Ras Al-Khaimah is the northern-most emirate of the UAE

Ras Al-Khaimah is the northern-most emirate of the UAE

For nearly two miles I feel like I’m flying. And I can’t stop ­smiling.

You might be wondering where I am. 新西兰? 加拿大? Costa Rica?

All great destinations for adrenaline-filled getaways, but there’s a new adventure ­playground on the block.

Ras Al-Khaimah is the northern- most ­emirate of the UAE and home to the longest zipline in the world, Jebel Jais Flight.

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It’s only an hour’s drive from the bustling metropolis that is Dubai, but the region could not be more different.

Not only has Ras Al-Khaimah got desert, mountains and sea, it’s also a great destination for an action-packed holiday.

And the Jebel Jais Flight, ­nestled in the heart of the Al Hajar mountains, provides a unique, exhilarating view of the unusual landscape.

In classic Emirati style, the attraction smashes the record for every zipline before it at a mind-boggling 1.75miles — or 28 football pitches — in length.

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I reach the bottom in two minutes, by which point I’m breathless — partly from the stunning scenery but also because the rapid pace knocks it right out of you!

There are other ways to get your kicks, 尽管, if diving head first off the highest peak in the UAE is a little too daring.

The Al Hajar region is also home to a high-speed mountain toboggan, Jais Sledder, with a 1.2-mile track that lets me live out my Mario Kart dreams as I tackle many hairpin bends, only much closer to the ground this time.

At 25mph it is significantly slower than the high wire, but in some ways it feels even faster as I career round tight corners.

The fun isn’t reserved just for the grown-ups either.

Anyone aged three and up is allowed to tackle the newly opened ride while supervised — and at just £8 a pop, it’s a steal for families.

After you’ve had your fill of thrills, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the stunning ­scenery of Ras Al-Khaimah — or RAK as the locals call it — ­without a sheer drop.

虽然, 滑翔伞和水肺潜水是提供的水上运动之一×4 desert drive through the Al Wadi Nature Reserve is still rousing enough to get your heart going.

Sand swirls up the sides of the Jeep as we tackle mighty dunes, on the lookout for Arabian oryxes and gazelles that live freely across this 1,235-acre estate.

Our guide Javaid’s eyes light up as he clocks a family of oryxes, with their enormous horns, near a cluster of native ghaf trees.

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Encouraged with a bag of pellets, they edge their way closer, mouths open — and I have to remind myself that it’s what’s in the bag they’re after, not me.

This bit of the desert sits in the grounds of the flashy Ritz Carlton hotel, although none of the glitz and glam of five-star luxury is here now — only the raw sights, sounds and smells of nature.

Once feeding time is over, it’s time for me to tuck into some grub of my own at the hugely Instagrammable Sonara Desert Camp, where a delicious feast of traditional Arabian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist awaits.

Part of a dinner-and-sunset package, holidaymakers can take a camel ride and try their hand at sand dune boarding before tucking into quality grub as they while away the evening watching spectacular fire-breathing and live music performances.

And if after walking, boarding, driving and flying you’re still keen to push yourself to the limit, a trip to the Bear Grylls adventure camp, the only permanent one outside the UK, could hit the spot.

It offers primal survival courses, where holidaymakers can learn to build snares and traps, on that rare chance they find themselves lost in the desert.

My guide Paige assures me it’s not something I’ll need when I’m with her, but I’m told that kids love the thrill of the possible danger.

While RAK makes for a great destination in its own right, a real highlight is that you can so easily tag it on to a trip to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, where you can wind down after your mad adventures.

All seven emirates are within a couple of hours of one another, and can be travelled between by taxi or by hire car.

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But be warned, the UAE is known for its 12-lane motorways, so self-driving is not for the faint-hearted.

那说, if you can tackle the world’s longest zipline, giant motorways will be an absolute doddle.

While away the evening at Sonora Desert Camp watching spectacular fire-breathing and live music performances

While away the evening at Sonora Desert Camp watching spectacular fire-breathing and live music performances
Holidaymakers can also take a camel ride there

Holidaymakers can also take a camel ride there
While RAK makes for a great destination in its own right, a real highlight is that you can so easily tag it on to a trip to Dubai or Abu Dhabi

While RAK makes for a great destination in its own right, a real highlight is that you can so easily tag it on to a trip to Dubai or Abu Dhabi
A 4x4 desert drive through the Al Wadi Nature Reserve is rousing enough to get your heart going

A 4×4 desert drive through the Al Wadi Nature Reserve is rousing enough to get your heart going

去: RAS AL-KHAIMAH

COVID: The nearest airport is Dubai. Unvaccinated travellers will need to ­provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

GETTING/STAYING THERE: Five nights’ half-board at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah costs from £979pp, based on two adults staying, including flights from Gatwick in September. 锦上添花的是 Olly Smith 的酒吧 emiratesholidays.com.

出去 & ABOUT: A zipwire ride at Jais Flight costs from £70.60pp. A Jais Sledder ride is from £8.56 per adult. See visitjebeljais.com. The Sonara Camp Al Wadi sunset and dinner experience costs from £183.92 per adult. 锦上添花的是 Olly Smith 的酒吧 nara.ae. An animal feeding experience at Ritz Carlton Ras Al-Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, is from £35 per adult and £27 per child. Book by email at rc.rktrw.experience@ ritzcarlton.com or call +97172067777.