It was a nice Friday weather here in Dubai and perfect for a road trip on a weekend. I’ve been in Dubai for more than a month and I have not seen much except the area around where I’m staying, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach area and the malls (I like the latter part LOL). Kidding aside, I was really excited with this road trip, it’s something new to see and experience and I’ll be able to tell you about it here.
Before I proceed with the road trip, let me tell you about Jebel Hafeet which info came from wikipedia.
“Jebel Hafeet is a mountain primarily in the United Arab Emirates on the outskirts of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Part of the mountain straddles the border with Oman, while the summit is located wholly within United Arab Emirates. The mountain rises 1,249 metres (4,098 ft) and offers an impressive view over the city. Jebel Hafeet was a well-known landmark throughout the area’s history and is a contemporary tourist attraction. An extensive natural cave system winds through Jabal Hafeet.
At the foothills of Jabal Hafeet lies the Green Mubazarrah, a well-developed tourist attraction. At the Green Mubazarrah, hot-water springs gush forth in little streams and form a lake. Swimming pools and jacuzzis are scattered all over the Green Mubazarrah. Jebel Hafeet is also home to a wide range of animals including bats, foxes, and snakes.
It is often incorrectly labelled UAE’s highest mountain (as it is certainly the most well-known); this honor actually belongs to an unnamed ca 1,910 m knoll just across the border from Jabal Bil Ays in Oman. Jabal Yibir is the UAE’s highest named peak.”
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My buddy and I left the house around 11 in the morning and I thought it was a bit late to travel for more than 180 kilometers and about 2 hours of travel time to the mountain. We had to rely on our GPS so we won’t get lost (Google Maps was reliable). It was a pretty good ride and no traffic at all since it was a Friday and most of the locals and expats were off that day. There was a lot of round-a-bouts to pass though (can’t count how many round abouts because there’s too many).
On our way to Jebel Hafeet, we had to fill the gas tank and grabbed a bite to eat as there was a Burger King in a gas station (I was in heaven hahaha).
Upon reaching the bottom of Jabel Hafeet, it was time for the exciting part; the drive to the mountain on a winding road that extends 11.7 km up to the mountain, and would rival any similar driving course in the European Alps. According to Wikipedia again (my source of information online), here is some helpful information about the winding road.
“The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road extends for 7.3 mi (11.7 km) up the mountain, rising 4,000 ft (1,219 m). With 60 turns and three lanes (two climbing and one descending), the immaculate road was called the greatest driving road in the world byEdmunds.com. The road scales the mountain and ends at a parking lot with only a hotel and a palace belonging to the country’s rulers. Part of the climax of the Bollywood film RACE was shot on the Jebel Hafeet mountain. The road was built by Strabag International of Cologne, Germany. “
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It is hard to explain how I felt but I think the compilation of videos I took when we were going up the mountain explains it rather well. Taking the videos was difficult while moving, as was noted, there were a LOT of very tight turns, and Lew was having a ball taking the hairpin curves on what felt like two wheels ! The SUV was not a Porsche, but he THOUGHT it was.. “PUKE HERE” 🙂
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Here are some photos of the top of the mountain and its surroundings:
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Here is a video of going down.
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