Viral video shows 'camel' riding down the world's longest zip line in Ras Al Khaimah

The Instagram clip, which has surpassed two million views, divides fans

No camels were given the hump in the making of this video. Photo: @RaynaTours / Instagram
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A video has gone viral after showing what appears to be a camel on the world’s longest zip line in Ras Al Khaimah.

The first few seconds of the clip, created by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and shared by UAE travel agency Rayna Tours, show a wide-angle shot of an animal wearing a helmet. It is strapped in and ready to go down the 2.83km line, which is suspended 1.68km in the sky.

However, upon a closer look and a different angle, the image of the camel is, as suspected, computer generated.

“I thought it's real [for] a moment,” one Instagram user wrote.

“My heart skipped for a moment,” added another.

Since its upload on Thursday, the Instagram Reel has been viewed more than two million times and has more than 109,000 likes.

However, not everyone was fooled. One user said the close-up of the camel was “meh”, while another said there were good parts, but the “editor forgot about the camel wagging tail at the end upon landing".

Someone did also ask: "How much is the package?" so it seems as though the video has done its job.

Carved into the side of the UAE’s highest peak, the falcon-shaped Jais Flight zip line opened in 2018.

Other attractions include the Jais Sledder, the region's longest toboggan ride, and the world’s first Bear Grylls Explorers Camp by the famous British adventurer, which opened in 2020.

Last year, Ras Al Khaimah was named one of Time magazine's World's Greatest Places. The annual list, which features 50 must-visit global destinations, picked the emirate for its adventure offerings and "stunning geodiversity".

"The UAE’s fourth-largest emirate continues to attract thrill seekers with its superlative outdoor adventure offerings," the magazine said.

Updated: August 13, 2023, 11:34 AM