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Bear Grylls to open survival academy in Ras Al Khaimah

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  • By Ellena Rowlin
  • Published 30 April 2019
  • Published 30 April 2019

Ras Al Khaimah is set to add to your growing list of reasons to visit the dark horse of the middle east, with the opening of a Bear Grylls Survival Academy on Jebel Jais. Home to the world’s longest zipline, with a backdrop of magnificent mountainous vistas, any adventure getaway to Ras Al Khaimah or Dubai isn’t complete without a trip to Jebel Jais. Only an hour’s drive away from RAK and two and a half hours’ drive away from Dubai City, the TV adventurer couldn’t have picked a better place to debut his first middle east survival academy. Lace your boots and rub some mud on your cheeks because this is fun, upgraded.

The survival academy courses will conclude in a wilderness expedition designed to put the likely-tired participants’ new-found skills to the ultimate test.  

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy on Jebel Jais is currently scheduled to open in 2020 and will offer a chance for all ages and fitness levels to immerse themselves in a world of outdoor adventure. Thrill seekers will learn extreme survival techniques, straight from the experiences of Bear Grylls, which have already been a hit at more than 20 locations around the world. 

The offerings include half-day, 24 and 48-hour courses designed for both families and the more hardcore adults out there. They’ll incorporate everything from learning how to make fire in the wilderness and building emergency shelters to practising the best ways to use a knife for survival and being trained on navigation techniques. Rock climbing and extreme weather survival will also make an appearance on the variety of courses. There will even be team building activities for corporate customers – we couldn’t think of any better excuse to escape the boardroom, can you? 

Run by professionals, trained by the brainchild of Bear Grylls, the survival academy courses will conclude in a wilderness expedition designed to put the likely-tired participants’ new-found skills to the ultimate test. This one is kept a secret until the big day, though…

Paul Gardiner, Managing Director of Bear Grylls Survival Academy said, “As the UAE’s highest mountain with its breath-taking views and adrenaline-packed activities, Jebel Jais is the perfect choice of destination to expand our presence in the region. Attracting thrill seekers from around the world, Jebel Jais is truly the nature adventure hub of the Middle East. We look forward to welcoming Ras Al Khaimah’s visitors at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy for a new memorable and thrilling experience.”

Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “We’re pleased to announce our partnership with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy on the upcoming academy on Jebel Jais. With the increasing number of visitors that we’re witnessing year on year, we believe that the introduction of new adventure attractions is essential to maintaining Ras Al Khaimah’s strong position on the world tourism map.”

If you fancy yourself jumping up walls of rock and sparking flames in your hands, this is the place to do it. With the most luxurious of accommodation in the emirate, Ras Al Khaimah really does have it all. Rest your weary feet on plush beds, surrounded by opulence fit for a king. Or, why not incorporate a trip to Jebel Jais into your Dubai itinerary? Seeing the wondrous sights of the region and immersing yourself in the vast choice of adrenaline-fuelled activities from hiking and trekking to mountain biking and kayaking, are only a stone’s throw away from the bright lights of the city. Get in touch with our expert team of personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 or enquire here to plan an adventure of a lifetime and let your inner survivalist out. 

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