Al Ain is a quiet city famous for its hot springs and spectacular mountain ranges. This makes it a perfect getaway for those who want to distant themselves from the busy city life. When you drive up the spiral roads leading to one of the UAE’s most famous mountains, you witness a beautiful stretch of rocky limestones and small hills that have continued to exist for more than a million years now.
This renowned mountain, Jebel Hafeet, is 1,240 meters tall and a part of this mountain overlaps the border with Oman. It’s 170 kilometers away from Dubai and can be reached within three hours. The spectacular view of Al Ain from the mountain is no less than breath-taking.
The stretch from Dubai to Jebel Hafeet is considered as the best road to drive on, and is often compared to Italy’s Stelvio Pass and Australia’s Great Ocean Road. You can opt for a car hire in Dubai because a rental car always gives you the independence of moving around according to your schedule. Here are a few things you could do while visiting Jebel Hafeet:
Rejuvenate at Green Mubazzarah
Located at the base of Jebel Hafeet, Green Mubaazarah is the best place to stay at and enjoy the spellbinding view of the mountain and nearby areas. This beautiful oasis has hot springs, lake, swimming pools, and beautiful chalets to stay in.
Go-Karting at the Al Ain Raceway
The Al Ain Raceway is one of the best karting arenas in the UAE. It has race karts for both adults and kids. It’s well-lit with huge flood lights and has arrive-and-drive karts. You can participate in one of the open races this place organizes for racing enthusiasts.
Visit the Al Ain Palace
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 the former president’s life.
Get Close to Wildlife
The Al Ain Zoo houses more than 4,000 animals that wander in enclosures that resemble their natural habitat to a large extent. The zoo gives you the feeling of being in a safari while maintaining a safe distance from the animals, of course.
If you wish to have a hassle-free experience while visiting Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet, keep a few things in mind:
carry sunglasses and sunscreen
visit the place during weekdays to avoid traffic and enjoy the views in peace
opt for car hire in Dubai for a seamless trip
when atop the mountain, use restrooms inside the restaurants instead of toilet booths
There are several hotels in Jebel Hafeet that provide a luxury stay to the visitors, these include Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, Hilton Al Ain, and Mercure Grand which is located at the top of the mountain. Jebel Hafeet is arguably one of the most scenic places in the UAE worth visiting to experience a totally different side of the UAE.