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). 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, 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.
Almost at the top.
A closer look of the rock formations.
Me at the top, happily conquered the tallest mountain in the UAE 🙂
Enjoying the sunset!
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 😀