Think of the United Arab Emirates and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is miles and miles of sand dunes blistering under a blazing sun. Now, we certainly do have plenty of desert out here, but there are also quite a few mountains as well. Something a lot of people are often surprised to hear.
The second highest mountain in the UAE is Jebel Hafeet or the Hafeet Mountain (FYI Jebel means mountain in Arabic). The 13km road that takes you to the top has been voted one of the best roads in the world to drive. It’s about a two hour journey out of Dubai, taking you right along the border with Oman, sounds like the perfect excuse for a little road trip right?
Now I don’t drive, but Phil certainly looked very happy while he was following the 60 turns of the road all the way up to the top. I was focusing more on the stunning scenery around us.
We passed houses that look like they belong to a Bond villain balancing next to sharp limestone cliffs and other stark reminders of just how dangerous these roads could be, prompting me to remind Phil to ‘slow down and keep his eyes on the road’ probably far more than he needed me to.
Unfortunately the higher we went, the worst the haze became, so we weren’t able to see as far out into the UAE and Oman’s rocky terrain as we would have liked.
Once you reach the top, you’ll find the ‘Top of the Hafeet Mountain’ cafe – which is the perfect stop for an ice-cream and a cold drink.
I love seeing different sides to the UAE and even with the poor visibility it was still a great road trip. It wasn’t until we got home that I found out there is a hotel on the mountain, so next time we drive up there, we’ll stop and grab lunch there as well.