Jebel Jais is definitely the UAE’s tallest mountain at 1900 m, and is every bit as exciting as a tall mountain should be. Rugged, at times wind-swept, valleys with sweeping views and absolute isolation. Many tourists had no idea there were such beautiful mountains in the desert named Jebel Jais.
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From the RAK (Ras Al Khaimah) roundabout at the end of the 311 highway to the summit takes just over an hour. The new road which takes you to the top of the mountain, a place you would normally have to walk to,was commissioned by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah it has an estimated cost of over AED 300m, construction began in 2005 and it is almost complete.
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The natural scenic beauty is spectacular, as you start off at the bottom of the mountain. Isolated villages with unique terraced farms making use of the rainfall are hidden in among the mountainsides. Tiny wildflowers, cottages, and of course it just wouldn’t be right without lots of wild goats.
Challenging drivers and cyclists, the 35km road upward seems to never end, slowly carving its way, rising 1700 meters, through the mountains with loads of curves and hairpin turns. There are greenery, valleys and mountainsides, which serve as perfect places for novice or experienced climbers to challenge their skills!
Roam And Enjoy the to and fro movement in Jebel Jais:
You will find a clearing at the end of the tarmac road which is about 3 km from the summit, there you can stop to go to a barbeque and went about exploring. Since it is the tallest peak in the UAE standing at 1934 meters (6,345 feet) above sea level, the temperature was lovely at about 10 degrees C cooler, (in the winter it can get as low as -3 degrees C, with snowfall reported in 2009)!
When you will keep moving, you will eventually lead to the Sheikh’s palace where you can find even more stunning views of the mountain cluster. Search for Dubai properties for real estate for sale.
Standing up there, among the silence, and staggering beauty, makes you realize just how small you are within this world! The views were just awesome, everywhere you looked you wanted to remember forever, it is almost indescribable, you just have to go there and ‘feel’ it for yourself! If you like adventure then you can also explore the top 3 adventurous things to do in Ras Al Khaimah.
Please be informed that you can view a great beauty of Jebel Jais an hour before sunset. In case you to relay and at the same time you want to enjoy then it is one of the best place for camping, a barbecue, climbing, biking, hiking, takeaway picnic, exploring and stargazing!
Once you leave Ras Al Khaimah there are no shops for food or water and there are no public toilets along this route or at the destination. So it is always better to bring a cooler with your food and water.
Overall you will find the trip incredible, no visitors and no litter-which is a welcome change. One can enjoy Jebel Jais more than hate and the ‘touristy’ Jebel Hafeet.
It is not necessary to have a 4WD but it helps if you have one, else you might worry a little when you are driving with your nose pointing at the sky over dirt roads leading to the summit of this barren and rugged mountain in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, fondly shortened to RAK.
As soon as you reach closer to the summit, the blacktop road ends. And From this particular area and upwards there is a a narrow dirt track hugging the rocky edges. And unless you have a good, sound car and experience driving on roads like this, do not attempt it. Instead, it is better to park your car here and walk uphill.
The moment you find a a sharp climb, it brings you to the summit and its worth every bit of effort.
The mountains of Jebel Jais are a wonderful place for bikers and car enthusiasts and thus they can test their driving skills.
BMWs are always better than M3 that strains a little going up that dirt road to the summit, not surprising because the M3s are built for high speed and not mountains. In fact a normal car with a slightly better ground clearance will do just as well though. It is not uncommon to see saloon cars and requires lots of unusual effort to climb up the hill on weekends, so you now know Jebel Jais is not out of bounds if you don’t own a 4×4.
This is also the point where the blacktop road ends. The roads are fairly new and there was still some grit on the roads. Bad season might see a rock fall on the road, so caution is necessary.
Need to know:
It is important to know here that there are no gas stations for miles. Nothing at all when you reach the top or along the way. So it is better to tank up in Ras Al Khaimah and carry enough water, food. Toilet breaks would obviously be limited to “going to the bush, or in this case, a rock,” so prepare yourself accordingly. For buying and selling anything in Dubai, access to Dubai Classifieds.
In case if you wish to take a relaxed break, book yourself a suite at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa. This hotel about 50kms away from the Jebel Jais Mountain Top, and dotted with world-class amenities like spa, child care facilities, recreational facilities and fitness facilities.
How to get there:
To be honest and frank the distance is about 30 kms from Ras Al Khaimah. Go past the Lantern R/A (near Saqar and RAK Hospital). You need to keep on driving till you are close to the mountains. The roads are not clearly marked and you will definitely go over stretches of dirt roads in parts. When driving to Jebel Jais you need to make sure the mountains are on your left till you reach the newly constructed roads that lead up to the mountains.
If your car is GPS enabled, use it. Or try Google maps if you get lost. It is hard to lose the way, but be prepared. You might lose mobile connectivity along the way as you pass through the mountains.
I hope after going through the above description you too would want to explore the Ras al Khaimah mountain. In case if you are planning to visit UAE do visit to Jebel Jais a tallest mountain in the UAEUAE. Inclines are steeper so play it safe and enjoy the drive. In case if you are interested in properties, then search Dubai property for sale at different classified portals.