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.

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Dubai Motor City Dubai Marina Dubai Festival City Abu Dhabi Airport Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi Al Reem, Abu Dhabi Al Reef, Abu Dhabi Sharjah Airport Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya

Address

Um Ramool, Rashidiya,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2060206

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 09:00-22:00

Dubai Airport Terminal 1

Address

Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2245222

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Address

Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2203013

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Motor City

Address

Shop 8, Ground Floor, Foxhill 8, Motor City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4273200

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday; Closed

Dubai Marina

Address

Hertz - Dubai Marina City Premiere Marina Deluxe Hotel Apartment ,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4226775

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday Closed

Dubai Festival City

Address

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 7011239

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-17:00 Saturday; Closed

Abu Dhabi Airport

Address

4th Level, Sky Plaza Park, Abu Dhabi Airport,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 5998939

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Address

Etihad Plaza, Al Raha, Etihad Village,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 55 69130

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reem, Abu Dhabi

Address

Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 6320494

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reef, Abu Dhabi

Address

Al Reef Downtown, ,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 645 8488

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Sharjah Airport

Address

Inside Arrivals Terminal, Kiosk 2, Outside baggage claim area, Sharjah Airport,
Sharjah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 6 5528290

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 08:00-20:00

Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Address

Unit 52, First Floor, Al Hamra Mall, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd,
Ras Al Khaimah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 7 2434386

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 10:00-21:00

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