Roads leading to the top of Jebel Jais in Ras Al-Khaimah
|Elevation||1,934 m (6,345 ft) |
|Countries||Oman and United Arab Emirates|
|Parent range||Al Hajar Mountains|
Jebel Jais is a mountain of the North-Western Hajar range in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates and also in the Musandam Governorate of Oman. The summit has an elevation of 1,934 m (6,345 ft). The highest point of this mountain is located on the Omani side, but a secondary hill (in the same mountain) west of this peak is considered the highest point of the United Arab Emirates, at 1,892 m (6,207 ft) above sea level. Since the summit is in the Omani side, Jebel Al Mebrah (also known as "Jabal Yibir") at 1,527 m (0.949 mi) is the highest peak in the UAE.
On the Omani side, the mountain is largely undeveloped, inaccessible, and far from any development, however on the United Arab Emirates side there has been a lot of development in recent years. A 20 km (12 mi) road has been built, which hairpins most of the way up the mountain on the United Arab Emirates side. Near the top of the road, there are parking places, food providers, toilets and a viewing platform. After a security checkpoint, the road continues up a few kilometers further to the world's longest zip-line and an Etisalat cell tower, as well as a large flat area used for outdoor shows and parking. New buildings are also being built along this road section, for use of the zip-line operating company. This section was completed towards the end of 2017; however it remains closed to the public, by motorized vehicles, as of September 2018. A private brick road then continues further up, to Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi's palace, which is situated near the UAE's highest point. The summit is then accessible by hiking, a short distance after the palace perimeter fence.
The road is due to be completed by September 2019.
Jebel Jais ZipLine
The world's longest zip line opened on the mountain in February 2018. It is 2,832 m (9,291 ft) long, and users travel at speeds of up to 150 km/h (93 mph), There are, or have been, plans in place to build a hotel, cable car, paragliding launch ramp, golf course and ski slope following the opening of the road.
The temperature of Ras Al Khaimah tends to be lower than other parts of the country. Temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celsius have been measured at the top of the mountain in winter. The temperatures at the highest elevations on the mountain tend lower than other parts of United Arab Emirates, by about ten degrees, except for spots such as the mountains of Hafeet, Yibir, Yanas and Al-Heben.
In January 2009 there was snow on Jebel Jais. This was only the second time snow had been reported in the history of United Arab Emirates, previously having only been seen in 2004. There was less on this occasion. In February 2017 it snowed again on Jebel Jais and the temperatures fell down-to -5 degrees Celsius.
- Geography of Oman
- Geography of the United Arab Emirates
- List of countries by highest point
- List of tourist attractions in the United Arab Emirates
- Wadi Bih
- Wildlife of Oman
- Wildlife of the United Arab Emirates
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