Road Trip: Dubai to Jebel Jais
Road Trip: Dubai to Jebel Jais
By Samit Bhattacharya
Jebel Jais takes place to be the highest mountain top within UAE, and is located the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, and belongs of the Hajar Mountains. It stands at an elevation of concerning 1900 mts (abt 5800 ft) regarding water level and is about 30 kilometres from Ras Al Khaimah city location. The distance from Dubai to Jebel Jais is about 180 kilometres, and from Abu Dhabi is about 260 Kms.
As you pass the Light round-about near the RAK Health center you need to keep owning towards the hills where a little board points you to the instructions of Jebel Jais. The mountains show up on your left side, till you get to the level smooth tarmac that leads you to the top. From here it is about 25 kilometers to the top. Google Maps does a decent task of leading you to the place.
We were a few family members, raring to pursue a day trip within UAE. We wished to make this a family holiday. We had children and older individuals in our team and hence should find a place which will certainly be accommodating as well as a fun excursion. Jebel Jais came as a new lead and we zoomed on it as our next place. One weekend break in March, when the temperature level is still fine for a day's trip in the sun, we packed our entire distributions of food, water, treats and the essential supplies. Our objective was likewise to have a grand barbeque there at Jebel Jais.
The drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah was smooth and we took the Mohammad Bin Jayed Road E 311 (Old Emirates Road). As soon as we got to Ras Al Khaimah we picked up the signs to Jebel Jais instructions. Components of this stretch of about 10 kilometers are on stretches of broken, dusty and somewhat rocky unmarked roadways. Mind you, the indications are extremely restricted) and after that it is a remarkable drive primarily on smooth tarmac surface area.
Ras Al Khaimah tourist is now actively spending to promote Jebel Jais as a weekend trip location in UAE. The Emirate has begun constructing a high-style Hotel and a para-gliding range in this area.
We were organized right into 3 autos, including a Toyota Corolla, a Nissan Altima and a Mitsubishi Pajero. Though you could read to be or else, it is pretty well feasible to utilize a sedan car in order to get to Jebel Jais. But do not wander offroads, keep to the ruined course if you are driving a non-SUV.
The view in this stretch of 25 kilometers to the top (or virtually to the top) is simply breath-taking. Rugged hilltops increase on 3 sides of you the much more you drive right into the lap of the mountains, sweeping views of rocky valleys extend on one side, gorges can be watched at various directions, and we tackled around 8 hair-pin bends till we arrived. It takes about 45 mins from RAK city area to reach below. We have actually owned to many locales in UAE and this picturesque drive of forty strange minutes, defeats the others hands-down. It is fantastically exhilarating.
As you reach the summit, you will locate that the final 5 kilometres or so has been enclosed (as off March 2015), as the tarmac roads were still being constructed. It was mainly stretches of rocks and rubble, from the last checkpoint on the route upwards. The whole time the higher areas of the course, at different turns, there are car park locations and toilets put up for the clingy. Once again, the condition of these bathrooms after that were not much to be pleased about, however it is still a choice. The car parking spots have actually been constructed at advantage factors along the path, where it really feels wonderful to park some time and absorb the beauty and peacefulness of the hills around you.
The temperature level constantly drops as you increase to the summit, and the decrease is by nearly 10 level Celsius if compared with the city down below, and that was a really welcome adjustment. The Jebel Jais summit has been reported to receive numerous inches of snowfall in 2004 and then in 2009. This is definitely the chilliest point in UAE.
Once we got to completion of the black armac roadway where the last checkpoint quits you from venturing even more, we turned back owned down for about a few bends till we saw this uneven side street. The sloping roadway brought us to a ridge on the side of the hills which provided us a terrific viewpoint together with a little privacy. Over the ridge we might see the sea near the "ghailah" area of UAE at the end of the horizon downwards over the hills on the other side.
We parked our automobiles and unpacked our products and gotten ready for our grand barbecue. Mind you, there are no stores or coffee shops in this route, (as of March 2015). Every decline of water and every nibble of food required, has to be brought here.The children loved the little walkings over the stones and embankments around this rocky spot that we selected. Rapidly we obtained our products spread out on the mat, and arranged to illuminate the charcoal grill. There were some waste collection pits around right here also. Floor coverings were placed on the ground, and the women in our team helped us prepare the active ingredients for the grill. In around 20 minutes we had a charming barbeque fire prepared for the grill.Children enjoyed the nippy air, and got busy in their enjoyable activities. The sun warmed our backs in the middle of the little nip airborne.
The food tasted amazing, charcoal grilling always has this special fragrance and brings that exquisite softness in the chicken or mutton that you grill. We had actually additionally brought in abundant products of water and sodas to satiate the crave all, and also had treats to bite on till the smoked food was ready. Then most of us sat around and had this hearty meal together with some hummous and garlic paste for the Lebanese wheat rolls that we brought. The environment was just one of pleasure, individuals giggling, jokes and some brainless enjoyable the whole time. We enjoyed the great views throughout, peaceful serene rocky hills, a rocky valley and canyon in front of us, and bird's-eye views to the blue Sea listed below. The climate was great and it was a time to cool out and unwind from our stressful city lives.
As night approached, we boiled a hot pot of water to earn us some instantaneous coffee. Adults likewise shrugged from their lazy bones and had their few moments of extreme hopeful enjoyable, taking on severe rocks and stones for a much better scenic view.The sunlight collection was gently approaching us, causing terrific myriad of colours on the hill tops. and the cool increased with the setting of the sunlight.
With the approach of darkness we can slowly see the lights in the towns listed below us revive. The main motorways looked like intense ribbons in the evening horizon while little trinkets of lights came up marking the household and business areas. As darkness dropped, we loaded our stuff back in the car. Mind you road lights are few and the vehicle parking zones have the lights shedding till it was around seven, after which they switched off.
Browsing back down the steep roads and hair-pin bends back right into worlds was assisted by the moon. All in all, Jebel Jais is most likely the most effective drive and mountain area in UAE. It needs more framework at the moment, but it has currently become a magnetic destinations to travel lovers in Dubai or in UAE. Visitors or residents alike, if you have a car, do not miss this destination. You would certainly like it!!!
Samit is a travel enthusiast and an image lover. He is additionally a serious reader of books, articles and wants to follow points happening around the world.
He is a IT Business Analyst and software professional by Occupation and lives in Dubai, UAE.
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