Me and my wife Jill have always wanted to go to Jebel Jais. Ever since we heard that it snowed there last winter, the mountain had been one of our top places to go to in the UAE. Just like many of you guys, we were wondering how to go there, what we’d expect to see and what not. So I thought it would be nice to share with you the answers to the same questions we had in mind since we fortunately got the chance to welcome the first sun beams of the Eid Al Adha holidays atop its marvelous peak!
What is Jebel Jais?
Jebel Hafeet, contrary to popular belief, is not the United Arab Emirate’s highest mountain. The honor actually belongs to Jebel Jais which is about 1,925 m or 6,315 feet.
Can’t help but take a snap of our travel companion, Surat Journal, by friend and fellow blogger Kenneth Surat of kennethsurat.com
Where is Jebel Jais?
Jebel Jais is located in the mountain ranges of the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, near the UAE-Oman Border
How Long Does it Take to Travel to Jebel Jais?
A trip to Jebel Jais from Dubai would take you from around 1 hour 50 minutes to at least 2 hours and half depending on your speed and traffic. The distance from Downtown Dubai is more or less 180 km.
What are the Directions to Jebel Jais?
Surprisingly, we got the directions going to the Jebel Jais mountain top from Google Maps and by the use of a GPS. Just click here to get the exact directions. Basically, you just traverse the length of Emirates Road from Dubai till you reach its final exit which is in Ras Al Khaimah. Then you need to go to the suburbs of the emirate and follow the signage that lead you to Jebel Jais mountain.
Is the Road Going Up to Jebel Jais Safe?
The road going up Jebel Jais is of good condition though there are relatively very sharp curves as you make your way to the top.
It might be a bit of a challenge if you are traveling at night or in the wee hours of the morning because there are no road lights along the way. Numerous animal crossing signs can also be found – so better be careful.
The road to the mountaintop I can say is more enjoyable when the sun is still up as the scenery is pretty fantastic with all the rugged desert mountains on both sides and a breath taking view of the mountain ranges along the UAE-Oman Border!
Is Jebel Jais Similar to Jebel Hafeet?
No. In contrast to Jebel Hafeet being a stand alone mountain, Jebel Jais can be found within a group of mountains. Also, there are no designated parking “stations” along the road to the top of Jebel Jais, unlike in the road to the top of Jebel Hafeet.
What are the Things to See at the Jebel Jais Mountain Top?
I will sum it up in two words: MAJESTIC VIEWS! From one side you can enjoy the amazing peaks of the other mountains surrounding Jebel Jais…
…and from the other you can see the vastness of the Gulf stretching on the horizon…
Sunsets are best enjoyed atop Jebel Jais than sunrises since the accessible area of the mountain faces east.
TIP: Try exploring the rugged trail to the peak of the mountain.
Ensure though that you are wearing comfortable footwear and be careful as the rocks are really sharp and the ground is sometimes loose.
There are also cliffs that would bring you straight down the mountain so caution should be practiced.
We even saw some mountaineers way up the peak!
Is it real that it is colder up in Jebel Jais?
Oh yes! Just to compare, the temperature at the top of Jebel Jais at around 5am when we went there was 15 degrees Celsius while down in Dubai it was around 28 degrees. When the sun was up, as long as you stay under the shade, the temperature feels like the usual day time temperature during the winter months in the UAE. Just as I’m writing this at 10am in the morning, the temperature at Jebel Jais is 20 degrees Celsius, while in Dubai, it is 32 degrees. Can’t wait to go back on winter!!!
Is Camping in Jebel Jais Possible?
Yes, camping is allowed and possible in Jebel Jais. There are designated flattened areas at the mountaintop perfect for setting up camp. We also saw people camped up in the slopes of its peak!
Are there any Amenities in Jebel Jais Mountain Top?
We were surprised to find washrooms in the designated camp sites. There are also sheds set up in these areas to shield you from the sun. Parking areas are available though it doesn’t accommodate lots of cars. No worries as you can park on the shoulders of the road. Small cafeterias can also be found but it is best to bring your own food.
Are There Lots of Crowd at Jebel Jais?
When we got there around 5am, there were lots of people. Crowded but not congested. However, it was a holiday back then so it would be reasonable to assume that during normal days and weekends, the crowd would be very less!
Is It Safe to Take Kids Along with You to Jebel Jais?
It is safe for kids when you’re in the campsite, since concrete fences are in place.
However, adult supervision is needed most of the time just to be safe. The trail going to the peak is not safe for kids.
Is it worth going to?
Yes!!!! It feels like you are in a different place altogether! Going to Jebel Jais is one of the best trips we had within the UAE!
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