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Jebel Jais Weather, Zipline, Hiking, Viewing Deck, Camping, Cycling, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who have visited before.

Jebel Jais is one the relatively new but very exciting place to visit if you are staying in the UAE. Jebel Jais is located in Ras al Khaimah, and it is the tallest peak in the UAE at nearly 2,000 meters (6,345ft). What used to be a treacherous landscape is now an adventurer’s paradise.

With every weather change, all the residents rush to Jebel Jais to witness either big drop in temperature in summer or witness freezing temperature in the winter. In three occasions there was even a snowfall on Jebel Jais in 2004, 2009 and in 2017, which is very strange for UAE hot climate. A beautiful 20 km road has been built with amazing hairpin bends which take you up to the Jebel Jais mountain all the way to the new viewing deck.

Jebel Jais road to the mountain has 8 viewpoints, that can be easily spotted in Google maps and offer a brilliant scenic view of the Hajjar Mountains in the RAK. After the 8th viewpoint, you can reach the Jebel Jais Observation deck.

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How to reach

Jabal Jais is a two-hour drive from Dubai. Take Ras Al Khor road to Ras Al Khaimah, and exit at Exit 126. Then go on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road to Jabal Jais road. It will take you an hour on this road to get to the top.

Jebel Jais Starting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/jB1MjGfre2dy95dJ7
25°49'41.2"N 56°06'30.7"E    25.828107, 56.108529

Jebel Jais Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/7QLWEhgdjjG7zrj77
25°51'58.0"N 56°05'50.4"E    25.866114, 56.097336

Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park: https://goo.gl/maps/JiHiAfA9E84Py8rL7
25°56'14.6"N 56°07'51.5"E    25.937382, 56.130976

Jebel Jais Observation Deck: https://goo.gl/maps/b284vi5HVCRioHnJA
25°56'37.9"N 56°09'20.9"E    25.943846, 56.155792

Things to do

Several overlooks are placed on the road leading up to the mountain. The best views are enjoyed from the Viewing Deck Park. It is equipped with 12 binoculars and has a food truck zone. What makes it interesting is the emphasis on sustainability - it is lit by solar cells and made from naturally sourced materials. 

The biggest attraction, though, is the state-of-the-art Jebel Jais zip line. Functioning since February of 2018, this is the highest and longest zip line in the world - a 21st-century engineering marvel. It stretches across the valley for 2.8km. zip liners plunge off a cliff, travelling at speeds of 120 to 150 kph before coming to a halt at the suspended platform. The 9.5-ton platform hangs in balance with cables above the valley floor, with a glass bottom to ensure that your adrenaline rush doesn’t settle down.

There are numerous hiking and bicycle trails here, many of which are accessible from the top of the mountain.

Jebel Jais Via Ferrata is a climbing route composed of three zip lines. It is more than 1km long. You can get all the required equipment and instruction at the location. A typical tour lasts for four hours, in which you’ll climb 120 meters.

Watching the sunset from Jebel Jais is a surreal experience; even more surreal is the view of the night sky. The flat and straight road turns into driving heaven in the foothills, with switchbacks and hairpins everywhere. Observation deck telescopes offer a breathtaking view of the surroundings in great details. Plenty of shades and camping spots available for a picnic at Jebel Jais. You can even buy food and snacks on the top from food trucks.

Jebel Jais Trip Images: https://carnity.com/gallery/category/43-jabal-jais-21-sep-2017

Superman Birthday: https://carnity.com/gallery/category/12-jabal-jais-31-mar-2017

 

Jebel Jais - World's Longest Zipline

 

Jebel Jais Hiking

 

Jebel Jais Cycling

 

Jebel Jais Ice Skating Rink

 

Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park

 

Jebel Jais Timing

The viewing deck is only open from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays, and until 11 pm on weekends. Get here early to get a good campsite.

Prices

Access to the mountain, viewpoints and observation deck is free.

Tickets for the zipline can be bought for AED 350. You can find vouchers and discounts to bring down the cost. Tickets can be booked online well in advance of the Toroverde website. You have to book the zipline in advance, as it is very busy throughout the year.

You can also take a guided mountain picnic day trip tour, for AED 370-400.

Precautions

Jebel Jais campsites are usually quite busy, and it gets cold at night especially in the winter weather, so be sure to pack well and reach early, especially if you’re going on the weekend. The temperature is generally about 5-10-degrees colder than Dubai - be sure to carry a jacket.

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The administration is very strict about cleanliness, so make sure you retrieve every little scrap or wrapper after camping.

When hiking, it is important to not go alone - make sure your phone is charged, and let people (family, friends, other hikers) know of your whereabouts. Make sure you have enough water and a few light snacks.

Jabal Al Jais is becoming a global hub for adventure sports. With more investment powered by tourism, this will soon be Van Damme’s playground. Beautiful and quiet, this is an exemplary travel opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

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