When the world decides to party on the new year night, Batman (me, in this case) decides to stay back home. Not because Batman doesn’t like celebrations, but Batman has other plans on the 1st of Jan.
I decided to witness sunrise in the mountains, alone. Good call by me, pretty proud of myself for doing that.
The itinerary was tough for the day,
- Wake up early morning.
- Drive to Jebel Al Jais mountains.
- Take pics, enjoy the roads, reach there before sun rise.
The later part was decided when I was standing at the top of the mountains.
- Return back via coastal roads.
- Stop at the coast, take pictures
- Stop at the abandoned air-field, sneak in and take pics of my son standing tall with an aircraft (proud moment as a father)
- On the way back, visit another beach and take pictures.
- Go home.
Part A : Jebel Al Jais and related stuff…
For those who are new to my blog, I have visited these mountains before and here is a small log about the mountains, a lot of pictures and a review from non-enthusiast point of view. The part 1 of that is here. If you are interested in reading, you might as well start from Part 1.
I was reading my post from then and frankly, I was clinically insane to give a rating of 5/10 for that place. I have visited this place 6 times in total and I want to go back again for the roads. This road is so challenging. It has managed to scare me every single time and this time also it didn’t fail to do so. Man, that road is amazing. Period.
A small YouTube video of a McLaren 650s spider being tested on those roads, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed watching this.
So I witnessed the sunrise over here. The sun rises on time though and I find it difficult that it rises on time and not 5-10 mins late but still managed it somehow. Sharing some of the better pics of the collection….
There is black convertible Porsche in those uphill cars. I could hear it from the summit. It must be a Boxster S convertible maybe?
As usual, my son standing tall and proud.
Part B : Everything after Jais…
The crowd was ocean like. Since crowd brings along trash with them, I didn’t stay for more than 2 mins at the top. I left and found a less crowded spot and started thinking about…. what next!
Coastal road, pictures, Air-Base, more pictures, the empty beach, even more pictures.
On the way back from Jais, there is a slower option. An option to choose coastal roads and I did that.
From there I left without wasting much time. The next mission was a very risky one.
The old Air-Base is closed and they have fenced the entrance. There is a small off-road path that takes you to this place and I decided to risk it and take my son there. He is much better than the old rusted Air-planes standing there…. Trust me, he is.
The other plane standing on the other side had no vehicle access. Never mind, I walked to the place…
And before I leave the Air-Base… sneaky selfie
Next? To an empty beach? Hamriyah is a part of UAE which is isolated from crowd. For this reason, I love going there.
This place below is a bit special though…
And then… went back home and slept off. It was a wonderful New Year day. Yesterday it rained hard, so we were allowed to leave pretty early from work. What more can you ask for at the start of a New Year!
On that rather glad bombshell, Good Night!