Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) used ITB Berlin 2019 to unveil an agreement with Mantis to operate a “Luxury Camp” project on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE. The announcement was made by Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and John Hanna Mih, MD of Mantis UK during a ceremony at the world’s largest tourism fair.
The luxury mountain camp will be located at the height of approximately 600 to 700 metres above sea-level, offering visitors spectacular mountain views of the Hajar mountains, and a year- round retreat with temperatures around 10 degrees cooler than the rest of UAE. Expected to be completed in 2020, the tented camp will comprise a total of 47 luxury units – 34 deluxe tents, 11 one-bedroom tented suites with a private pool, and 2 two-bedroom tented suites with a private pool – complemented by facilities such as a health club, heated pool, spa & wellness centre, kids’ play area, re pit, and a restaurant.
The unique, eco-tourism project complements the array of adventure tourism attractions on offer in the Emirate and will feature the latest technology to minimise energy use and conserve water. Haitham Mattar said: “ITB Berlin is a significant platform to interact with the global travel market, and to promote Ras Al Khaimah’s breadth of outdoor offerings that range from pristine beaches and stunning desert landscape to the spectacular mountain range of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak. With the right investment and the use of best practice to develop sustainable tourism, we envision a globally recognised destination attracting close to 1.5 million visitors by 2021, and 3 million visitors by 2025”.
Mih added: “We are grateful to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority for their trust in us in contributing to the Emirate’s ever-expanding tourism industry. With a growing number of visitors to Ras Al Khaimah, the luxury camp is a valuable addition to the experiences that the Emirate offers”.