Jebel Jais

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Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais Hairpins.jpg
Jebel Jais hairpins 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
Geography
Jebel Jais is located in Oman
Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais
LocationOman and UAE
Parent rangeHajar Mountains

Jebel Jais is a mountain 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 feet) above sea level.

The mountain, on the Oman side 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 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 Km 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.[2]

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),[3][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]

Climate of Jebel Jais[edit]

The temperature of Ras Al Khaimah is lower than other parts of the country.[6] 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 are lower than other parts of United Arab Emirates, by about ten degrees. [6]

Snow fall[edit]

In January 2009 there was snow on Jebel Jais.[9] This was only the second time snow had been reported in the history of United Arab Emirates, previously having only been seen in 2004.[10] There was less on this occasion.[6] in February 2017 it snowed again on Jebel Jais and the temperatures fell down-to -5 degrees Celsius.[6][8]

View from the Jabal Jais Road

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jebel Jais" on jebeljais.ae Retrieved 5 December 2017
  2. ^ Morgan, James. "UAE: Jebel Jais Mountain Road to complete in 2019 | ConstructionWeekOnline.com". www.constructionweekonline.com. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  3. ^ Rachel Swatman. "This is what it's like to fly along the world's longest zip line at 93 mph". Guinness World Records.
  4. ^ DANYAL HUSSAIN. "UAE mountain has the record for world's longest zip-line". Mail Online.
  5. ^ CNN. "The world's longest zip line in action - CNN Video". CNN news.
  6. ^ a b c d e "UAE Tours - The highest mountain of UAE - Jebel Jais". www.vjcyber.com. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  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. ^ Staff (2016-07-28). "This place is coolest in UAE". Emirates24|7. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  10. ^ "This is the frozen north ... of the UAE". The National. Retrieved 2018-09-27.

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