Friday, May 14, 2010

Jebel Hafeet

The top of Jebel Hafeet's peak is one of the higher points in the UAE. Jebel Ali is located south of Al Ain. Al Ain is about 1.5 hour drive to the east from Abu Dhabi. Although most of it is in the UAE, part of the mountain straddles Oman. A winding mountain road extending almost 8 miles takes you to the peak. The route has several viewpoints providing a panoramic vista of the desert below and the mountain's sharp-edged rocky terrain. Just before the peak there is a resort hotel, also with a nice viewing area.

On my visit to Al Ain last Friday, I did a side trip to Jebel Hafeet. The mountain road is in good condition; it has 2 lanes for the climb and 1 lane for the descent. Most of the view points have plenty of parking spaces for vehicles. I had lunch at the resort hotel before heading back down. At the foothill of Jebel Hafeet is a park area which has several hot springs.

View from the top.

View from vista points along the mountain road.

The resort hotel near the top of the mountain.

At the foothills of Jebel Hafeet.

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