Ras Al Khaimah is home to the formidable Jebel Jais mountains, which provide a range of ideal rockfaces for beginners and experienced abseilers. Dating back to 1879, Chamonix guide Jean Estéril Charlet devised abseiling or rappelling, a method of descending a steep or sheer rock face by moving down a rope. The abseiler controls his movement down the rope to terrafirma. He failed his first endeavour at Petit Dru but continued to attempt a perfect descent which he finally managed with his guides Prosper Payot and Frédéric Folliguet. Since then, it’s become a popular recreational activity indoors, from man-made structures and in nature.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is world-known for encouraging unique mountain experiences in the emirate that’s now famed for its adrenaline-pumping adventures. The millennia-old peaks attract nature and adrenaline lovers from across the world. If you are heading to Ras Al Khaimah for a staycation or a holiday, you’ll find the highest summit in the country in the far north of the emirate.

The mountains gain their inimitable beauty from their time-worn ruggedness, ancient forts, abandoned villages and almost-secret inhabitants. Ras Al Khaimah is relatively temperate throughout the year, but the winter months are cooler and provide the perfect weather for outdoor activities.

Hajar Mountain Adventures 

The first certified adventure training company in the United Arab Emirates, Hajar Mountain Adventures allows outdoor enthusiasts to reach new personal and professional heights. Whether you are new to abseiling or have tried it out before and are looking to improve your skills, they tailor your experience to meet your requirements and level of fitness. With safety always in mind, the skilled UK-qualified instructors will build on your confidence and techniques so that you can achieve your goals. With a combined two decades of experience, they will progressively coach you through all the fundamental steps to becoming an independent abseiler so that you can assertively go out with your friends and know that you are keeping yourself and them safe. Hajar Mountain Adventures is committed to developing the tourism infrastructure and helping establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for adventure and leisure travel.

Hajar Mountain Adventures, Entrance Park, Jebel Jais Road, Wadi Shehah, Ras al Khaimah

+971 55 994 0674

[email protected]



Challenging Adventure

Challenging Adventure is a unique experience. Set in the foothills and natural active wadi of the Hajar Mountains, the nature adventure park and camping oasis encompasses a natural hot spring. Challenging Adventure has access to local farms and traditional farming methods for authentic cultural and outdoor experiences. All Challenging Adventure activities and training teams adhere to comprehensive United Kingdom safety standards and have all qualified and trained worldwide, gaining extraordinary knowledge and experience. The team follows strict daily risk assessments, and the equipment is regularly maintained and replaced. There are strict instructor-client ratios to ensure safety, guidance and support. High above the wadi floor is the VIP majlis; from this high viewpoint, you can abseil down the natural rockface or an artificial wall.

Challenging Adventure, Outdoor Activity Centre RAK, Challenging Adventure LLC, Wadi Khdaa,

+971 56 665 1481

[email protected]


Bear Grylls Explorers Camp

Survival is about attitude. If you are an inspiring adventurer, enjoy pushing yourself and learning challenging survival techniques from Bear’s hand-picked instructors. The Ras Al Khaimah survival camp has some exclusive abseiling challenges that will put you and your family to the test. The Bear Grylls Explorers Camp equips you with various survival techniques across the challenging terrains in the desert and mountainscapes of the UAE, including abseiling from dizzying heights. The Ras Al Khaimah camp is dynamic, high-intensity, and offers an experience you will never forget. It brings together the best primal and modern wilderness survival skills handed down through generations of highly regarded British Forces. Your abseiling adventure will take place in several locations on naturally-formed rock faces accommodating introductory and experienced abseilers with a challenging 80-metre descent. Each abseil is tailored to you to give you maximum enjoyment and thrills. You’ll learn some essential self-rescue techniques, and Bear’s instructors will encourage you to embrace new experiences and push your boundaries.

Bear Grylls Explorers Camp,

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

+971 04 815 7333

[email protected]


Beyond Action

Beyond Action is operated by professional outdoor guides passionate about adventures and outdoor activities. They provide exciting activities in the wilds of nature, including abseiling. The company strives to minimise environmental impact and encourages you to adhere to its leave-no-trace principles. Beyond Action was founded in 2018 by Ebrahim and Abdulaziz, two Emiratis who ran away from life to the wilderness. They are living their dream with people that share their passion for adventure. They want you to be part of their story. Beyond Action helps promote adventure tourism in the United Arab Emirates by building an adventure club that introduces the local culture and heritage to its guests. Their abseiling course is tailored to your requirements, fitness and experience levels giving you a unique opportunity of exploring the spectacular nature in the Jebel Jais mountains from a different angle.

Beyond ActionDahan, Ras Al Khaimah,

+971 50 299 3909

[email protected]


Adventurati Outdoor

Adventurati Outdoors encourages your adventurous inner soul to get out and about in nature, to dream, explore and discover. The outward bounds team creates tailor-made tours for travellers, families and groups. They focus on educational eco-tourism adventures and lead you through extraordinary goat-worn paths, over boulders, through cold freshwater pools and abseiling down sheer rock faces in the Jebel Jais mountains. Experience this jagged terrain and walk in the shadows of the historic, millennia-old peaks. Adventurati Outdoors has a well-curated collection of activities suitable for all fitness levels and ages, from leisurely morning rambles to full-day hikes and weekend discovery adventures. They also have various wellness weekends, including hikes to remote parts of the mountains. There are regular family camps with sunset hikes, parenting sessions, kids’ life skills, and fun conversations around the bonfire.

Adventurati Outdoor, Al Manama, Ras Al Khaimah Road, Al Felyyah, Ras Al Khaimah

+971 50 159 6488

[email protected]


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