Jebel Jais Zipline

Whenever a visitor thinks of UAE, Dubai is the first name that pops into their head. However, for adventure-lovers, Dubai is slowly being replaced by Ras Al Khaimah, which is emerging as the premier destination of adventure tourism in the Middle East. This hidden gem in the north of the UAE is already acknowledged as the adventure capital of the country. Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, is found within its borders. Over the years, Ras Al Khaimah has witnessed how the rugged terrain of Jebel Jais has invented itself and transformed into an adventure spot abounding with activities. It has given the place a fame of sorts that allow them to compete with the UAE’s main emirates such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Not to mention, Ras Al Khaimah gets a lot of buzz among adventure enthusiasts, all thanks to Jebel Jais’ popularity. Let’s take a look at what Jebel Jais has to offer.

Jebel Jais at a glance

Located in the Hajar Mountains on the northern edge of the UAE, Jebel Jais towers at 1934 metres above sea level, making it the highest peak in the country. These mountain terrains were inaccessible for a long time before the UAE government saw the potential of turning it into an excursion destination and adventure hub, thereby creating a wide 20 kilometre road to connect it. Today, the medley of natural beauty and adrenaline-rushing adventures allure visitors from all over the world.


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How to reach Jebel Jais

It takes approximately 1 hour to drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah. After entering Ras Al Khaimah emirate, it takes another hour or so to reach Jebel Jais, which is set on the northern edge of the emirate. In total, the distance is around 50 kilometres to reach the summit from Ras Al Khaimah City. The total travel time from Abu Dhabi to Jebel Jais is roughly three and a half hours.

Jebel Jais is best accessed by car. You can opt to rent a car or hail a taxi. The freeway is smooth to drive on, with proper signage to guide you all the way to Jebel Jais. Throughout the long drive, you have plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery along the winding roads that lead to Jebel Jais. The address to feed in your GPS is W4VR+FX7 – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates. Shuttle buses are also available from Ras Al Khaimah for those who do not wish to take a car to the attraction. If you are travelling from Dubai to Jebel Jais, Dubai Metro is also an option. You can reach the halfway point by going on the Red Metro; get off at Dubai Deira and then take a bus to Ras Al Khaimah City. From there, you can either take a taxi or a shuttle to Jebel Jais.

Best time to visit Jebel Jais

Ras Al Khaimah enjoys a cooler climate than its neighbouring emirates, which is why tourists come here in search of some relief from the desert sun. The mountain terrain in Hajar is considerably cooler than most parts of the UAE. As the temperature dips in the evening, it becomes more pleasant to spend time outdoors and marvel at the sunsets and natural scenic views of the deeply eroded canyons. Visit the attraction in the morning or the evening if you wish to avoid crowds. Jebel Jais is best visited from November to April as these are the cooler months in the UAE. You might want to avoid visiting on long weekends or public holidays as the places get crowded with locals and visitors who want a break from everyday life.

Coming Soon at Jebel Jais – A Bungee Jumping Adventure!

You shouldn’t miss Jebel Jais Bungee Jump if you are a real arduous adventurer planning a trip in the future. The upcoming Jebel Jais Adventure Park will offer a series of adrenaline-pumping thrills, including Ras Al Khaimah’s first-ever bungee jumping spot. A freefall of 23 meters and suspension above the rugged canyons would be an experience of a lifetime.

Other top things to do in Jebel Jais

Though Adventure Park may take some time to open, you can still go on an outdoor adventure filled with thrills and excitement. Here are some of the outdoor adventure options Jebel Jais currently offers.

Jebel Jais Flight

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Jebel Jais has the longest zipline in the world. It is probably the most ideal way to experience the mountain’s breathtaking views while getting a dose of adrenaline.

Timings: Wednesday to Sunday from 9.30 am till 4.00 pm

Ticket cost: AED 360 per person

Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park

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If you don’t like thrills or high speeds, head to the viewing deck to enjoy the cool breeze and scenic views of Jebel Jais.

Timings: Weekdays from 8.00 am till 8.00 pm and weekends from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm

Jebel Jais Via Ferrata

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Jebel Jais has the first-ever Via Ferrata mountain climbing experience in UAE. This mountain climbing route is designed with fixed iron ladders, sturdy cables and bridges on the rocky mountain surface enhances the thrill factor as well as ensures a protected, safe climbing experience.

Jebel Jais Sledder

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Explore Jebel Jais on a fast sledding ride winding down the mountainside. The exhilarating ride is designed to accommodate an additional rider and is ideal for those who enjoy mild adrenaline rushes.

Timings: Tuesdays to Sunday from 9.00 am till 5.30 pm

Ticket costs: Start from AED 40 per adult and AED 60 for one adult and one child.

In addition to mountain views, cycling and hiking trails are available for outdoor enthusiasts to gear up for an energetic day.

Essential tips to remember for visitors and adventurers.

  • UAE attractions strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols. As a result, vaccination certificates, masks, and other safety and hygiene measures are mandatory.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can withstand the rugged terrain when you plan to explore the adventures in Jebel Jais. Also, dress in layers if possible as the region has a cooler climate than other parts of the UAE. It can get quite cold in the evenings and is prone to strong gusts of wind. At such times when the weather changes, even if you had not anticipated it, a shrug or light sweater will come in handy.
  • If you are driving to Jebel Jais, pack all necessary supplies, carry water, and ensure that your gas tank is full.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult; parents or guardians must sign a waiver before participating in adventure sports.

Intrigued by the breathtaking beauty and unbelievable diversity around the world, Shambhavi has taken the agenda of inspiring travellers to embark on their new journeys with passion and information. She has a pen in one hand and a camera in the other. She is a food-enamoured introvert who is fond of plants, reads fiction and taps feet to Bollywood music.

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