Jebel Hafeet (Al Ain)
The Jebel Hafeet (which is sometimes written Jabel Hafit) is by far the most known and frequented site of Al Ain . At 1249 meters, it is the highest mountain in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the second highest in the United Arab Emirates. Find in this article all the information to prepare your visit: advice, tips, schedules, prices, access map and location, detailed site map, hotels nearby.
Sunset at the top of Jebel Hafit, near the city of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Guide to visit
From the Green Mubazzarah, it takes about twenty minutes to climb the 13 kilometers of mountain on a beautiful three-lane winding road. By stopping at the intermediate observation platforms, you will probably take a total of 30 minutes, so calculate your time well to arrive before sunset.
At the top of the mountain, it is possible to observe the city of Al Ain and the territories of Oman. On the mountain have also been discovered archaeological remains related to those of Hili.
At the end of the road, it is the summit with a parking lot and a merchant with ice cream and cold drinks. The place is frequented on weekends: to be in the first rank is better not to arrive at the last moment.
Observation point at the Mercure hotel
To watch the sunset calm, you may prefer to stop at the Grand Mercure Jebel Hafeet hotel, located close to the summit. Its panoramic observation deck and Eden Rock Terasse café-restaurant are privileged places to stay away from crowds.
Mercure hotel observation deck at the top of Jebel Hafeet mountain, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio
Sunset on the observation deck of the Mercure Hotel at Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate ©Odyfolio
The slope is steep to climb to Jebel Hafeet. If you come by taxi, it is possible that the driver does not want to put the meter and offers a fixed price for the round trip with a waiting time at the top (outside the Mercure hotel, it will be difficult to find a taxi to go down). When going back down the mountain, consider using the engine brake of your vehicle (switch to manual mode if you have an automatic transmission) to avoid overheating the brakes.
In winter (December to March) it can be cool at the top, provide a sweater and a good jacket.
Map of United Arab Emirates with location of Jebel Hafeet ©OpenStreetMap contributors
Map of Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) with the location of the main tourist attractions of the city ©OpenStreetMap contributors
Detailed map with Jebel Hafit location in Al Ain ©OpenStreetMap contributors
Notes and references :
Official website of Mercure Jebel Hafeet Hotel: http://www.mercure.com/en/hotel-3573-mercure-grand-jebel-hafeet-al-ain-hotel/index.shtml