Jabel Hafeet

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Jabel Hafeet, Al Ain Overview

If you ever feel the need to unwind and relax, and any excuse at all to have music blaring through your speakers as you drive. Then look no further than a long drive on one the most loved mountain range in the U.A.E, Jabal Hafeet. Visit this place for the beautiful scenery that it has to offer at the top. The drive up the mountain and the views from the upper rest areas are fantastic.

Towering for more than 1,240 meters, it is Abu Dhabi's tallest peak and U.A.E's second highest. It shares its range with the neighbouring country, The Sultanate of Oman. It has a hauntingly beautiful scenery interspersed with the green oasis.

Jabal Hafeet is situated in the garden city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain. Though it does get crowded in the winters and any public holiday, the view at the top is worth it. It is primarily composed of limestones that have been weathered for millions of years. Due to its geological importance, it has been named as a UNESCO heritage site since about 500 ancient tombs were found in the foothills of the range.

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The roads here are often rated as one of the best in the world. Edmunds, an online source for automotive information, has rated it among the greatest driving roads. Many magazines have also claimed it as one of the best roads for bikers. Voters continuously vote this as one of the best roads they've been on, thanks to its 11.7 km stretch, 21 corner, scenic beauty, three wide lanes, and a very smooth surface. The journey begins when you finally arrive at the plain. Rising majestically from the deserted plains, it grows to 4,068 feet almost immediately, it is fascinating, and while you climb further, it builds up your anticipation and gets more thrilling with every passing turn. One can even cycle up the mountain. Though there is no specific road meant for cycling which might be a bit dangerous, the roads here are used to train professional cyclists.

About 500 tombs, were excavated at the foothills, which were dated between 3200-2700 BC. Some of the tombs still do contain skeletons, few which are still adorned with bronze and pearls. Thanks to its archaeological importance and historic value, it's inscribed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 500-year-old tombs mark the establishment of the Bronze Age in the region.

At the foothills of Jabal Hafeet, lies Green Mubazarrah, which is an oasis known among the residents for its natural hot water springs. It is a well-developed tourist attraction and is ideal for a family day out. There are plenty of natural lakes, swimming pools, jacuzzis, and hot spring spread around. It has a hilly terrain, but at the same time, it is luscious green. You can spot various animals like foxes, bats, and snakes. There are few cafes and a play area for kids. During the winter months, this place is more lively and becomes a much more happening place. There is also Mercure Hotel at the top, where you can dine or stay when you get the top to get even more stunning views.

  • It does get chilly at the top, even on the warmer days, so make sure you carry a few warm clothes.
  • Avoid going during the public holidays, since the traffic found here can make you reconsider your decision to come here.

It takes around 45 minutes to reach from the Al Ain main city.

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