Jebel Jais occurs to be the very best mountain peak inside UAE, and is located the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, and is part of the Hajar Mountains. It stands at a peak of about 1900 mts (abt 5800 ft) about sea degree and is about 30 kms from Ras Al Khaimah metropolis space. The gap from Dubai to Jebel Jais is about 180 kms, and from Abu Dhabi is about 260 Kms.
As you move the Lantern round-about close to the RAK Hospital it’s essential maintain driving in the direction of the mountains the place a small board factors you to the course of Jebel Jais. The mountains seem in your left aspect, until you attain the flat easy tarmac that leads you to the highest. From right here it’s about 25 kilometers to the highest. Google Maps does an honest job of main you to the spot.
We had been just a few households, raring to exit for a day journey inside UAE. We needed to make this a household vacation. We had kids and older individuals in our group and thus wanted to discover a place which will probably be accommodating in addition to a enjoyable day journey. Jebel Jais got here as a brand new lead and we zoomed on it as our subsequent location. One weekend in March, when the temperature continues to be wonderful for a day’s outing within the solar, we packed our complete rations of meals, water, snacks and the mandatory provides. Our intention was additionally to have a grand barbecue there at Jebel Jais..
The drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah was easy and we took the Mohammad Bin Jayed Highway E 311 (Outdated Emirates Highway). As soon as we reached Ras Al Khaimah we picked up the indicators to Jebel Jais course. Components of this stretch of about 10 kilometers are on stretches of damaged, dusty and barely rocky unmarked roads. Thoughts you, the indicators are very restricted) and from then on it’s a great drive totally on easy tarmac floor.
Ras Al Khaimah tourism is now actively investing to advertise Jebel Jais as a weekend getaway vacation spot in UAE. The Emirate has began constructing a modernistic Resort and a para-gliding vary on this location.
We had been grouped into three automobiles, together with a Toyota Corolla, a Nissan Altima and a Mitsubishi Pajero. Although you could learn to be in any other case, it’s fairly nicely doable to make use of a sedan automotive with a purpose to attain Jebel Jais. However don’t wander offroads, maintain to the crushed path if you’re driving a non-SUV.
The view on this stretch of 25 kilometers to the highest (or virtually to the highest) is just breath-taking. Rugged hilltops rise on three sides of you the extra you drive into the lap of the mountains, sweeping views of rocky valleys stretch on one aspect, gorges will be considered at totally different instructions, and we tackled round eight hair-pin bends until we reached the highest. It takes about 45 minutes from RAK metropolis space to succeed in right here. Now we have pushed to most locales in UAE and this scenic drive of forty odd minutes, beats the others hands-down. It’s fantastically exhilarating.
As you attain the summit, you will discover that the ultimate 5 kms or so has been blocked off (as off March 2015), because the tarmac roads had been nonetheless being constructed. It was largely stretches of rocks and rubble, from the final checkpoint on the route upwards. All alongside the upper sections of the route, at totally different turns, there are parking areas and bathrooms erected for the needy. Once more, the situation of those bathrooms then weren’t a lot to be completely happy about, however it’s nonetheless an possibility. The parking spots have been constructed at benefit factors alongside the route, the place it feels nice to park awhile and take up the sweetness and serenity of the mountains round you.
The temperature repeatedly falls as you drive as much as the summit, and the drop is by virtually 10 diploma Celsius if in comparison with the town down under, and that was a really welcome change. The Jebel Jais summit has been reported to obtain fairly just a few inches of snowfall in 2004 after which in 2009. That is absolutely the coldest level in UAE.
As soon as we reached the tip of the black armac highway the place the final checkpoint stops you from venturing additional, we turned again drove down for about a few bends until we noticed this hilly aspect highway. The hilly highway introduced us to a ridge on the aspect of the mountains which gave us an amazing viewpoint together with just a little privateness. Over the ridge we might see the ocean close to the “ghailah” space of UAE on the finish of the horizon downwards over the mountains on the opposite aspect.
We parked our automobiles and unpacked our provides and ready for our grand barbecue. Thoughts you, there are not any retailers or cafes on this route, (as of March 2015). Each drop of water and each morsel of meals wanted, needs to be introduced right here.The youngsters cherished the little hikes over the boulders and embankments round this rocky spot that we selected. Rapidly we acquired our provides unfold out on the mat, and organized to gentle up the charcoal grill. There have been some waste assortment pits round right here too. Mats had been placed on the bottom, and the ladies in our group helped us put together the elements for the grill. In about 20 minutes we had a stunning barbecue hearth prepared for the grill.Kids cherished the nippy air, and acquired busy of their enjoyable actions. The solar warmed our backs amidst the little nip within the air.
The meals tasted superior, charcoal grilling all the time has this particular aroma and brings that beautiful softness within the hen or mutton that you simply grill. We had additionally introduced in plentiful provides of water and gentle drinks to quench the thirst for all, and in addition had snacks to chew on until the grilled meals was prepared. Then all of us sat round and had this hearty meal together with some hummous and garlic paste for the Lebanese wheat rolls that we introduced. The ambiance was one among pleasure, individuals laughing, jokes and a few senseless enjoyable all alongside. We loved the good views throughout, quiet serene rocky mountains, a rocky valley and gorge in entrance of us, and nice views to the blue Ocean under. The climate was implausible and it was a time to sit back out and unwind from our tense metropolis lives.
As night approached, we boiled a scorching pot of water to make us some prompt espresso. Adults additionally shrugged out of their lazy bones and had their few moments of utmost wishful enjoyable, tackling excessive rocks and boulders for a greater scenic view.The solar set was softly approaching us, inflicting great myriad of colors on the mountain tops. and the coolness elevated with the setting of the solar.
With the strategy of darkness we might slowly see the lights within the cities under us come to life. The primary motorways seemed like vibrant ribbons within the night horizon whereas little trinkets of lights got here up marking the residential and industrial districts. As darkness fell, we packed our stuff again within the automotive. Thoughts you road lights are only a few and the parking zones have the lights burning until it was round seven, after which they switched off.
Navigating again down the steep roads and hair-pin bends again into civilizations was guided by the moon. All in all, Jebel Jais might be the perfect drive and mountain spot in UAE. It wants extra infrastructure in the meanwhile, but it surely has already turn into a magnetic points of interest to journey lovers in Dubai or in UAE. Guests or residents alike, you probably have a automotive, don’t miss this vacation spot. You’d adore it!!!