The UAE is known for its charismatic lifestyle and futuristic buildings. It is also known for its roads that seamlessly connect the Emirates. Apart from connecting the cities, the roads in the Emirates a perfect for road trips. Driving on such smooth roads with stunning sceneries all around is a unique experience.
While in the UAE, apart from exploring cities, you should take at least one road trip. The stretch from Dubai to Al Ain, and then on to Jebel Hafeet is undoubtedly the best route to drive on as it provides one of the most amazing road trips in the UAE. It is often compared to Italy’s Stelvio Pass and Australia’s Great Ocean Road.
Jebel Hafeet is located at an altitude of 1,240 meters in Al Ain. This mountainous terrain overlaps the border with Oman. It’s 170 kilometers away from Dubai and can be reached within three hours. You can opt for a car rental in Dubai and take it straight to Jebel Hafeet.
The 11.4 kilometer stretch of road in Jebel Hafeet can be a tough task master if you don’t have the right car. With 21 turns along the way, you can expect tight hairpin bends and fast sweepers too. The road is super smooth, so you won’t have to worry about adding any wear-and-tear to your car. If you’re in the mood to indulge, you could rent a supercar from Dubai and drive it up here. Apart from this, the stark contrast of the rocky terrain and the smooth road is a visual treat all on its own.
Apart from the amazing driving, here are a few other things you could do while in Al Ain:
The Al Ain Raceway is one of the best karting arenas in the UAE. It’s well-lit with huge flood lights and has arrive-and-drive karts. Al Ain Raceway has karts for both kids and adults and organizes open races for die-hard karting enthusiasts.
Rejuvenate at Green Mubazzarah
Located at the base of Jebel Hafeet, Green Mubaazarah is the best place to stay at to enjoy the spellbinding view of Jebel Hafeet. This beautiful oasis has hot springs, a lake, swimming pools, and beautiful chalets to stay in.
Get Close to Wildlife
The Al Ain Zoo houses more than 4,000 animals that wander in enclosures resembling their natural habitat to a large extent. The zoo gives you a feeling of being in a safari while maintaining a safe distance from the animals.
Take a Sneak-Peak into the Life of Sheikh Zayed
The Al Ain Palace Museum was once home to Sheikh Zayed and his family. It was later converted into a museum and now serves as a reflection of the former president’s life.
Settle in Style
Jebel Hafeet is dotted with several hotels including Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, Hilton Al Ain, and Mercure Grand, which is located at the top of the mountain. You can choose a hotel that suits your tastes. Make sure to also carry a camera during your mesmerizing trip to Jebel Hafeet.