One of the best-kept secrets in the UAE is finally out of the bag – Jebel Jais is truly a stunning and awe-inspiring tourist destinations you’ve rarely heard of! We’ve known about it for years, of course, but now more visitors to the UAE are moving beyond the bright lights of the cities and into our spectacular mountains. And if you love driving you’ve also just discovered one of the best driving roads in the world, as well as some spectacular views.

Where is Jebel Jais?

Standing at around 2000m, Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah is among the tallest mountains in the UAE. It’s a weekend getaway for Dubai and Abu Dhabi locals, who love hiking, climbing and exploring the trails that wind their way up to the top.

However, if you’re not quite ready to tackle the ascent on a push-bike just yet then hire a car from Hertz and you can explore the switchbacks, bends and mind-blowing curves of the road that takes you right up to the top. The tarmac is perfect so unless you’re heading off-road you won’t need a 4×4 to get to the top, although we do advise renting a car with a spacious boot for all that camping gear!

What’s there?

Apart from a winding ribbon of tarmac that the Stig would love? Well, once you’ve reached the summit (and there’s a reasonable-sized car park there, don’t worry), you can take in the views from the Viewing Deck Park. Here you’ll find seven different viewing decks complete with binoculars, so you can see the canyons and cliffs in all their glory.

Zip-line across a canyon

How brave are you? If you’re a real adrenaline lover then ziplining across a canyon is the experience of a lifetime, and it’s guaranteed to get your heart pounding. Whizz at breakneck speeds over nearly 3km of… well, nothing, really! The Jebel Jais Zipline is the world’s largest zip line (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) and is a must-do, as long as you’ve got a head for heights!

Ice skating at the top of a mountain

How do you and the kids fancy a spot of ice skating, 1300m above sea level? Yes, they have actually put a skating rink on top of a mountain. Perfect for the kids, it’s an unexpected surprise and one that’s going to be a real favourite with the family (don’t worry about bringing your own skates – you can rent them as part of your entry fee).

How long does it take to get there?

From Dubai, it’s around a two-hour drive to Jebel Jais. Take the Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (the E311). If you’re staying in Dubai then you can pick up the E311 right in the centre of the city and follow it all the way out to the mountain.

From Abu Dhabi it’s a little further – it’s approximately 360km and will take you around four and a half hours. However, it’s an easy drive all the way along the E311, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop off along the way. If you’re driving from Abu Dhabi it might be a bit of a push to try and do it in one day, so our top tip is to hire a 4X4 from Hertz Car Rental and turn it into a road trip over a couple of days.

However, you get there, enjoy the drive because it’s one of the best trips in the UAE. And the views at the end of it are well worth the effort of getting to the top of this spectacular mountain!

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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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