Jebel Hafeet Mountain is one of the popular and trending attractions of United Arab Emirates. This mountain lies in the Al Ain region and is part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Jebel Hafeet Mountain (1249 metres) also straddles the international border of UAE and Oman. It’s often wrongly perceived as the highest natural feature in the country. Factually, Jebel Jais (1910 metres) is the country’s tallest natural feature.
Jebel Hafeet is a popular weekend destination flocked by UAE locals and expats alike. The distance from Dubai is 1 hour 49 minutes, while from Abu Dhabi, it takes around 2 hour 15 minute to reach Jebel Hafeet. Jebel Hafeet has a typical desert climate but due to its altitude, the region experiences an average temperature of 27 degrees.
Jebel Hafeet has a dry and withered landscape, with the surrounding desert and craggy rocks that seem a bit otherworldly in nature. This region straddles the borders with Oman and is the site of significant fossils discoveries including over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back to 5,000 years.
It also has a world-class road designed and constructed by a German firm. The Jebel Hafeet Road extends for 11.7 kilometres and rises to the top of the mountain. The road has a smooth surface, with sixty turns and three lanes, with two dedicated lanes for climbing and one for descending. The road winds through a stunning landscape filled with barren and withered vistas and is considered as one of the best roads for recreational driving. Driving down the Jebel Hafeet in supercars is one of the trending and fastest growing activities in UAE. Imagine driving down the winding roads in a Ferrari or a Lamborghini!
At the top of the mountain lies a radar station of UAE and the reputed Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel. This hotel is a classic mountain oasis resort and features 124 rooms and suites with amazing views of the region, and offers premium comfort and services. The property lies in a green lush region with infinity pools and is one of the premium resorts for honeymooners and leisure seekers alike.
Hotels are widely available in Al Ain, which make it a perfect base to explore Jebel Hafeet and Al Ain region. There are several other attractions in the region such as Al Ain Zoo, Green Mubazzarah, Al Ain Palace Museum, and Wadi Adventure.
The Al Ain Zoo is spread across an area of 400 hectares and lies at the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains. The Zoo houses several animals like the rare and endangered white lions, pumas, leopards, jaguars, gazelles, and many more!
Green Mubazzarah is a beautiful, natural oasis which is filled with well-maintained green vegetation and lawns, a beautiful lake, water chalets, and natural springs.
The Al Ain Palace Museum, which is also known as Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, documents the royal family and the rich history, culture and tradition during the time of UAE’s former president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his family. This palace-turned-museum was constructed in 1910 and was turned into a museum in 1998.
Jebel Hafeet also has a waterpark known as Wadi Adventure, where visitors can enjoy a string of activities such as surfing, kayaking, river rafting, wall climbing, wake boarding, and many more. A wide range of hotels in Al Ain makes Jebel Hafeet a perfect weekend destination in UAE.