Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates is part of the spectacular cloud-piercing Al Hajar mountain range. The range extends from Ras Al Khaimah on the eastern side of the United Arab Emirates to the Musandam Peninsula in northern Oman. It is 100 kilometres in width and 700 kilometres in length, straddles the two countries, and is the highest mountain range in the region.
The Jebel Jais mountain range forms the highest peak in Ras Al Khaimah, soaring at an impressive 1,934 metres above sea level. The mountain has an exciting topology and contains rare fossils and marine and terrestrial sedimentary rocks, which give a fascinating insight into ancient times. Scientists believe that the Al Hajar Mountains were formed by a continental collision near the Arabian–Eurasian convergent plate boundary more than 70-million years ago. The name Al Hajar translates into ‘Al’, which means ‘the’, and ‘Hajar’, which means ‘stone’; when the words are combined, the name translates into ‘The Stone’.
Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais, at 1,934 metres tall, usually records temperatures that are 10°C cooler on average than other popular landmarks across the country.
During summer months, temperatures at all the major landmarks across the emirates average between 43 – 45°C while at the Jebel Jais summit temperatures reach a moderate 31°C during the day time and 29 °C during the late afternoon.
While visitors and residents look to escape the heat with indoor activities across other areas of the UAE, Jebel Jais offers the opportunity for travellers and residents looking for outdoor adventures and diverse scenery at significantly cooler temperatures than at sea level, and incredible views of the stunning Ras Al Khaimah landscape.
Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates attracts thrill-seekers and nature lovers in their droves. The mountain’s peaks tower above date palm farms, wadis, ancient fishing villages, and the Arabian Gulf.
Jebel Jais mountain peak is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a place to appreciate nature and take advantage of its unique landscape for nature-inspired adventure activities. Well constructed roads allow you to reach the peaks via numerous meandering hairpins. There are regular pull-ins so that you can stop and admire the ever-changing views.
Various designated mountain trails are suited to walkers of all experience levels. Six trails have a cumulative distance of 16km, each with its own challenges through the diverse mountain ecosystem. The hiking trails are throughout the upper and lower segments of the mountains.
Jebel Jais is home to some of the most exciting adventures. If you are a thrill-seeker, you will enjoy the adrenaline-fueled Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline experience that takes you at knee-trembling speeds of between 120 kmph and 150 kmph for almost three minutes across deep ravines, canyons and through jagged peaks that lie 1680 metres above sea level. The family-friendly Jais Sledder allows you to reach up to 40 kmph as you hurtle down the mountains swerving through 1,885 exhilarating metres of chicanes with views of the spectacular mountain range.
During your visit, make sure to also dine at 1484 by Puro, the highest restaurant in the country at 1,484 metres above sea level.
Back at base, you’ll discover the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp, run by the British adventurer’s highly experienced team. If you are an inspiring adventurer, enjoy pushing yourself and want to learn some challenging survival techniques from Bear’s hand-picked instructors, the Ras Al Khaimah explorers camp has some exclusive challenges that will put you, your family or your team to the test.