Jebel Jais is the highest peak in the UAE and forms part of the Hajar Mountains that begin in the Musandam Peninsula and stretch to Sur in Oman. Although only recently opened, the Jebel Jais Mountain Road has already become a magnet for enthusiastic drivers, sightseers and extreme athletes.
Jebel Hafeet gets all the kudos as the UAE’s best driving road, but there’s another snaking ascent carved through a rocky mountain face that matches it for visual drama and adrenaline potential. Rugged, at times wind swept, valleys with sweeping views and a huge crowd gathered there for campings, picnics, day trips or just a long drive.
Be aware, though, that there’s a horde of shutterbugs, picnickers and Sunday drivers scattered all over the mountain on weekends, who tend to park their cars willy-nilly and wander across the road randomly.
While it is not a must to have a 4X4, (we went in a Corolla 1.6) , the driver has to be skilled to drive with the nose pointed at the sky over dirt roads leading to the summit.For bikers and car enthusiasts the mountains of Jebel Jais is a wonderful place to test their driving skills – what with the roads snaking around tight hairpin bends that affords great opportunities for adventure.
It’s not just the proverbial road to nowhere, as there are plans to eventually build a hotel, cable car, paragliding launch ramp, golf course and ski slope at the summit (it does snow there in winter, and there will no doubt be machines to top up the white powdery stuff).
There are a handful of viewing points along the way, and it’s worth pausing at these, because the vistas are breathtaking.
We planned a BBQ over the mountains of Jebel Jais on a December month, the chill weather engulfing the hills was the perfect day out from the desserts.
The easiest way to get there is to take Emirates Road (E611) to Ras Al Khaimah, then ask the locals for directions, because there are no signposts to the mountain. There are two lanes up and one coming down, the road surface is excellent and there are good sight lines, so the ascent is an absolute hoot.But generally when driving to Jebel Jais, make sure the mountains are on your left till you reach the newly constructed roads that lead up to the mountains.
When we reached a spot with toilets near by, what a great relief to have it on every picnic spots and it operates with solar panels, time to time its cleaned and properly maintained for our use. The place was occupied with picnickers and we got a good spot just near the cliff for some breath taking photos.
The weather was very chill and we could see the fog coming right away to us, wow what a shot it was. We settled down with our BBQ items and and eateries.
We could see a little ray of the sun kissing the mountains and making it so peaceful and magnificent to look at, as soon as we laid down our things and set up our BBQ stand, we quickly took some snaps before the sun sets, and i must say the most beautiful images across a mountain ever taken and shot by me.
As we started of with our BBQ and other eateries for our day we could see picnickers cooking beside the mountains, sitting up tents , children’s playing and some of them shooting some of the best pics. Our main agenda was to quickly finish up with the food and going to the top of the mountains. But as of now these are some of the shots of our BBQ.
We packed all our litters, as its strictly prohibited to throw garbage here and there and inspection of police is always going round for our safety. We drove to the top, which is top for us as the road is closed as some construction is going on. There is a small shop and you get tea and snacks, a life saver to have tea and coffee in this chill weather. Out of utter curiousness and the greed we ordered mixture, hot noodles and tea. This usuals were so delicious on that mountains!!
Its always good to start of before sunsets and leave the mountains due to the traffic and also the place gets dark, only campaigners with proper planning and preparations can be seen after the sunsets with their car lights on and camping lamps.
A day well spent in the beauties of the mountains with some breathtaking views and he best part is the chill weather which we often miss in UAE.
A must visit place away from the hustle of City Life.
Best for: A day out with the family. If you are with children, take care not to get too close to the edge, the loose stones might not be entirely safe to play on.
There is mobile coverage on the mountain top, but along the way as you pass through the mountains, you might lose connectivity.
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