Opening soon on Jebel Jais in the United Arab Emirates: pop-up hotel, mountain lodge – News

Saij Mountain Lodge is a protected and sustainably managed mountain resort

Published: Mon, May 9, 2022, 4:03 PM

Last update: Mon 9 May 2022, 09:51 PM

Two hotels will open on the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah. Earth Hotels Altitude is an environmentally-based “pop-up hotel concept” that will open on the mountain in Q4 2022. It includes 15 fully-equipped accommodation units, an activation center and a swimming pool.

Saij Mountain Lodge, scheduled to open in 2023, is a “protected and sustainably managed mountain resort” offering sustainable lodges made from natural materials.

This came as the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) announced its new approach to sustainability called Balanced Tourism.

Unveiled at the Arabian Travel Market 2022, the vision aligns with Ras Al Khaimah’s identity as a nature destination. With Balanced Tourism, RAKTDA seeks to avoid problems associated with “over-tourism” such as over-development, overcrowding of heritage sites and deterioration of its unique natural environment.

Raki Phillips, Managing Director of RAKTDA, said: “The need for good stewardship of our cultural heritage, our environment, our people and our infrastructure has never been greater, especially in post-pandemic times. . Balanced tourism does just that as we become increasingly aware of the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism. Simply put, it’s time to go beyond just using less plastic to take a holistic approach – ensuring that new projects such as hotels are developed at an organic pace to building new sustainability-oriented attractions.

With Ras Al Khaimah offering 64km of beaches, wildlife-rich mangroves, terracotta deserts, wadis and mountains, the tourism board has applied a “conscious approach to new hotel developments”. Hotel partners will ensure spacious venues, with “thoughtful and sustainable landscaping”, and maintain a measured pipeline to avoid rapid and less well-planned expansion and overcrowding.


As part of the Balanced Tourism Platform, all future attractions will be purpose-built with sustainability standards and processes. Visitors can expect environmentally friendly development around Jebel Jais as well as through more than 20 new sustainable tourism initiatives being developed in the emirate.

One example is the planned scallop ranch at Al Hamra Marine, a first-of-its-kind attraction in the UAE that will support and enhance understanding of the marine ecosystem, with seagrass and sea cucumber species on the farm.

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