Jebel Hafeet

Jabal Ḥafeeṫ (Arabic: جبل حفيت‎, translit. Jabal Ḥafiṫ‎) (variously transscribed Jabal, Jabel and Jebal and Hafit or Hafeet – literally “empty mountain”) is a mountain located primarily in the environs of Al Ain, which itself is in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE.[1] Part of the mountain straddles the border with Oman, while the summit is located wholly within United Arab Emirates.

This is not my first time in Jebel Hafeet, which I believe is the most famous mountain in the UAE. It’s been 2 years since my first visit here with friends in 2014 (photo below on top of our trusty Rocky).1393856_10201471028049557_1596043826_n

This second time is unplanned though, we went to Al Ain to collect our pasalubong from Pinas) and I just heard the mountain calling me (charooot!). Seriously, I felt the urge to visit the mountain again since it’s still early to head back to Dubai. So off we go.

Nothing has changed too much with Jebel Hafeet. The way to the top is still clean and maintained and the view on top is still awesome as ever.

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It’s peaceful up there but it’s cold. It’s better in the mountain they said but we still need to work. So bye for now, who know’s well meet again. Here’s the sunset greeting us on our way down.15621878_10209791099806151_2453967233779597453_n.jpg

Jebel Jais Conquered

I have never heard of Jebel Jais since I came here in 2010 until one my Facebook friends recently posted her pics on the top. I only heard of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. But her pics are so envious that being the natural wanderer that I am, I vowed I’ll have mine posted soon.While waiting, I search for photos taken there online and boy are they awesome. Also, read some info re the place from Wikipedia as follows:

Jabal Jais, Jabal al-Jays or Jabal Bil Ays is a mountain on the border between Oman and United Arab Emirates, with an elevation of 1,911 m (6,268 feet).[1] The highest point of this mount is located on the Omani side, but a secondary hill (in the same mountain) west of this peak is considered the highest point of the United Arab Emirates, at 1,892 m (6,207 feet) above sea level.

Temperatures as low as -3 degrees Celsius have been measured at the top of the mountain in winter,[2] with plans in place to build a hotel, cable car, paragliding launch ramp, golf course and ski slope following the opening of a road scaling the mountain from Ras Al-Khaimah.

Been bugging my husband to go but because it’s events season, his weekends are fully packed until last Friday. Fortunately, husband’s workmates have also planned for a road trip with Jebel Jais in the itinerary so we opted to go with them instead. The more, the merrier, they say.

Since we left Dubai late than scheduled and we left Fujairah late as planned, we reached Jebel Jais at 5:30 pm (sigh) just a few minutes before darkness fills the area. I don’t know how many turns we took to reach the summit’s camping site (its peak’s still barricaded and road’s under construction thus cars are not allowed to pass). Yes, my dear, you heard it right, a paved 3-lane road towards the top. Just one of the perks of living in the UAE, they make your life comfortable by making the climb easy.  And it’s FREE, no entrance fee or anything like that. Before my discontentment with my home country leads us somewhere else. See some snippets of my very limited photos. Again, these photos cannot capture the beauty and the happiness I felt while in Jebel Jais.

The start of our climb up.

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Almost at the top.

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A closer look of the rock formations.

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Me at the top, happily conquered the tallest mountain in the UAE 🙂16299513_10210169432304227_62648008670131422_n

Enjoying the sunset!

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Our stay though very short was worth it. How much more if we have reached earlier and camped the whole night? Let’s plan about it next time, the cold above had bothered me a lot 😀

Amazing Fujairah

Last Friday weekend is my second time in Fujairah, one of UAE’s seven emirates. I thought I had seen all of her the first time I came but there’s more to Fujairah than its scenic coastline. Indeed, there’s always a need for a second or third time to get to know a place better.

This time we drove to Fujairah via Kalba-Sharjah Road. Left Dubai at 5:30 just in time for this beautiful sunrise to greet us, a moment I rarely enjoy being the clinomaniac that I am. 16142820_10210169421583959_5364884519189995508_n

Stopped over at  Wadi Al Helo Tunnel (this is actually a part of Ras Al Khaimah but this leads you to Fujairah soooo, :D) for a quick breakfast with the crew and of course, for photo shoots, we rarely get into tunnels you know.

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Here’s our mandatory family jump shot (guess who ate a lot here based on the jump height).

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Finally, we arrived in  Khorfakkan, Fujairah. Went to their fish market for some fresh catch for lunch. Now, look at this awesome port view. Looks like it’s straight from a Hollywood movie, very clean and well maintained. 16265783_10210169427864116_3536319271553614344_n

Lunch at Fujairah Corniche. Awesome for weekend bonding – beach’s clean, there are a park and play are for the kids, perfect place to idle and take pictures 😀

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Tummy’s fed so off we go to our last stop in Fujairah. But can’t help not to stop at this beautiful beach site with Snoopy Island just a few meters away. I tell you, this picture cannot justify the raw beauty of this beach. Just wow! And it’s free for you to walk and swim in, one of the major perks of living in the UAE, you can enjoy the site without paying for it.

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Last stop, Friday Market in Masafi (yes, it’s where that sweet Masafi water is bottled). Fresh fruits everywhere, carpets and tea pots and camel meats and I got to enjoy a cob of sweet corn for AED5 which I normally buy for  AED10 in Dubai, see the difference?

All in all, I have a wonderful short trip in Fujairah. I’m pretty sure there’s more sights for me to see in this emirate but I believe I have the most attractive ones covered ;). I hoped to have stayed longer but ours is basically a road trip. So, yes, maybe next time.

P.S.

Here’s a 2014 photo of me at one of her many forts, Al Hail Fort.

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