Jebel Jais

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Jebel Jais
View from Jebel Jais - panoramio.jpg
Roads leading to the top of Jebel Jais in Ras Al-Khaimah
Highest point
Elevation1,934 m (6,345 ft) [1]
Coordinates25°57′11″N 56°11′02″E / 25.95306°N 56.18389°E / 25.95306; 56.18389Coordinates: 25°57′11″N 56°11′02″E / 25.95306°N 56.18389°E / 25.95306; 56.18389
Jebel Jais is located in Oman
Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais
Countries Oman and  United Arab Emirates
Parent rangeAl Hajar Mountains
Jebel Jais hairpins in Ras Al-Khaimah

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).[1] 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.[2]


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.[citation needed] 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.[3]

Jebel Jais ZipLine[edit]

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),[4][5][6] 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.[7]


The temperature of Ras Al Khaimah tends to be lower than other parts of the country. Temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celsius[8] 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,[9] Yibir, Yanas and Al-Heben.[10]

Snow fall[edit]

In January 2009 there was snow on Jebel Jais.[11] This was only the second time snow had been reported in the history of United Arab Emirates, previously having only been seen in 2004.[12] There was less on this occasion. In February 2017 it snowed again on Jebel Jais and the temperatures fell down-to -5 degrees Celsius.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jebel Jais". Jebel Jais Ras Al Khaimah. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Jabal Yibir". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ Morgan, James. "UAE: Jebel Jais Mountain Road to complete in 2019 |". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. ^ Rachel Swatman. "This is what it's like to fly along the world's longest zip line at 93 mph". Guinness World Records.
  5. ^ DANYAL HUSSAIN. "UAE mountain has the record for world's longest zip-line". Mail Online.
  6. ^ CNN. "The world's longest zip line in action - CNN Video". CNN news.
  7. ^ "Great driving roads: Jebel Jais Mountain Road, Ras Al Khaimah | The National". Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  8. ^ a b Report, Gulf News Web (3 February 2017). "Look: It's -5°C and it's snowing in the UAE". GulfNews. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ Al Serkal, Mariam M. (2019-03-10). "UAE to see cold days ahead, temperatures drop to 2.6°C". Gulf News. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  10. ^ Al Serkal, Mariam M. (2019-02-28). "UAE to get 5 days of rain and "significant drop in temperature"". Gulf News. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  11. ^ Staff (2016-07-28). "This place is coolest in UAE". Emirates24|7. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  12. ^ "This is the frozen north ... of the UAE". The National. Retrieved 2018-09-27.

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