Jebel Hafeet

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Tags : Hills & Valleys

Time Required : 3 - 4 hrs

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Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain Overview

Jebal Hafeet is one the most loved mountain range in the U.A.E. 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.

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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

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.
beehive tombs
Beehive tombs at Jebel Hafeet

Other Things To Do

  • At the foothills of Jebal 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. This calls for a perfect picnic spot with your friends or family.
  • You can spot various animals like foxes, bats, and snakes.
  • There are few cafes and a play area for kids.
  • 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.

Tips For Visiting Jebel Hafeet

  • 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.

How To Reach Jebel Hafeet

From Al Ain (37 kms): 
From Al Ain City, Jebel Hafeet can be reached only via private vehicles or taxis. It is a 40-minute ride. 

From Abu Dhabi (171 kms):
From the Abu Dhabi Bus Station, take a bus to Al Ain Bus Station from where you can either rent a vehicle or hire a taxi to Jebel Hafeet. The bus has a frequency of 30 minutes. 
Bus Route: X90
Ride Duration: 2 hours
Price: AED 25

Note: The bus only operates from Saturday to Thursday. 

From Dubai (140 kms):
Board the direct bus from Dubai to Al AIn at the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai which will take you to the Al Ain Bus Station. The bus has a frequency of 30 minutes. 
Bus Route: E201
Ride Duration: 2 hours
Price: AED 25

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