With everyone’s permission let’s revisit this post and the place again, this time I will post a proper review of the place. Now click that link and read it, will you? 😛
A few months back, I was on the way to Jebel Al Jais ( Jebel – Mountain, Al- The, Jais – name of the mountain) and I shared my story of racing with an FJ cruiser. I couldn’t complete that journey due to high traffic jam from the half way point. I returned back, and said I’ll try and not go there. Well I went there for a quick visit and that was a very wise decision.
10 reasons why you could possibly consider visiting this place:
1. An amazing place to visit with your partner, family or as couples/wanna be couples. This place is going to elate both of your mood.
2. Beautiful views of winding roads from almost everywhere as you ascend.
3. A treat for any Motorcycle/Car enthusiast. Such are the roads. Narrow winding roads… means high adrenaline.
4. During the ‘not so hot and not so cold’ climate in UAE, the breeze at the top is something that needs to be experienced.
5. Compared to Jebel Hafeet, the roads are a bit more challenging. The roads from the bottom to the top are around 35 kms and feels like never ending once you start ascend. That can be good and bad, depending on how you view it.
6. Camping, barbecue and all those facilities available. (mentioned later on)
7. Availability of Public washrooms at every 5 kms for men and women. Fairly in good condition.
8. It’s not very far from the nearest city/Emirate (Ras Al Khaimah). Only 25 kms or so till the base of the mountains.
9. This can be a biking/cycling track. There are a lot of Cyclists climbing up and you may possibly bump into a bunch of them.
10. Last but not the least, it’s a beautiful place (see the attached pics)
As opposed to some people thinking, Jebel Al Jais is not the most highest mountain range in UAE. Jebel Yibir is with a 1,500 + meters above sea level. Jebel Al Jais is one of the highest places, not the highest point.
How to find this place :
Ask Google… he knows, is the most worthwhile answer. It’s close to the Emirate called Ras-Al-Khaimah, to which there are two express ways (namely E311 and E611 which later on merges to become E311) and one highway (E11) joining RAK to other Emirates. The speed limit of E11 is 100 kmph with 80 kmph at some places near RAK, while the express ways obviously is 120 kmph with tolerance of +20 kmph making it 140 kmph.
Attaching the maps as I took both the route. The to journey was via E311, starts from Emirates market near my home and merges on to E311 and joining E11 later. The E611 is far wider than E311 and joins E311 at the centre as you can see.
The return leg is usually slow paced, as I am coming alone and not in a hurry.
Around 125 kms one way is the mention here, and I think it’s a bit more than that. Around a 150 kms (sorry no odometer readings to back my statement).
I was supposed to go to Jebel Al Jais only this weekend, but then thought to myself what is preventing me from going there that weekend. Who can guarantee that next weekend would not see me doing something urgent! So just decided a day before that I am going. Tanked up, checked the tire pressure and set it to the standard 35 psi and checked the coolant/water levels in radiator and that’s it.
My take on the trip :
I went with my lady love as well. She is made of steel and looks Indigo blue.
The never ending 35 kms, the climb… the ascend is a nightmare if you go in traffic and a pleasure to climb if empty. The last time was a good lesson and I corrected myself this time, went early morning on a weekend. When the world was asleep after partying, I woke up at 4:00 am in the morning and managed to leave by 4:45 am. The plan was leave by 4:15 am.
On the way I stopped by a petrol station and got something to eat for the morning and I drove away to RAK. I knew most of the place from before. But towards the end I got lost and drove around for a bit before I reached the place. That ate up some time but nonetheless, it was only around half past 6. I had to climb the 35 km twisties and I was down there.
The roads are not that great, and your heart breaks with each bad pothole your small car hits. My suspensions aren’t that great either. It’s stiff by default and that’s where the Golf gets it’s precise handling. The potholes would be hard to tackle sometimes, and in a blind spot some other times. Few kms were testing, but the remaining were amazing.
Driving on narrow winding roads is really an amazing feeling, dangerous but then the best thrills come with their own dangers. More danger, more thrill. So the safest bet is to stay in your limits and have as much as fun you can. May it be car, may it be life. Never forget the limits…. Gladly I know exactly the limits of my car. I know it’s brakes, I know it’s acceleration and I know it inside out, except it’s ABS malfunctioned once (or did I panic more than usual) and I hit a smooth speed breaker a bit hard. Arghhh!!!
As usual my Photography revolved around Golfey.
Let’s move on to that then
(Please don’t mind the Vignetting in some of the pics. My screwed in filters have screwed up. My mistake again that I kept them screwed in together for a long time.)
First look at the mountains, the sun’s showing up
Playing with the focus I land with something that looks like the below
And finally … I own a VW GOLF GTI MK4. lol
Sooner than later, I stop again.
And again… ufff!
The sun has shown up now… and it’s becoming visible.
Point 7. Public washroom.
Point 6. Barbecue
Now some pictures of ravines. You will now notice why it is not a good idea to jump from a ravine.
You see in the next picture, there is a minute thing on the road.
Then I zoom completely, at a 105 mm
How do people even jump from suicide points?
Then my rally car,
If I stand up to click it then it looks tiny like a scale model… awww
Then I kneel down to make him feel better
Then I start driving up again. Suddenly after a turn I see some mutton dressed in the shape of lamb crossing the road. (pun intended)
I park my car, and go after them.
One of them is thinking of committing suicide
He apparently is troubled that his gf is seeing someone else, and then I tell him my story and that my passenger side seat belts have become stiff and crispy. He is moved by my story and …..
You don’t swear at someone who saved your life… dude? Where is the god damn manners.
Then I turn back and take a couple of pics, from the edge. I live on the Adgeeee, lol 😛
I turn my head to see something that reminded me of India. Why this kolaveri di?
A closer look
The herd is not happy with my intrusion… I might have to leave soon.
I drive drive and drive… I reach the end of the road
So that was the end of my uphill journey. The roads after that point were doable on a 4×4 strictly. You can see the rules written on the board. I saw a couple of cars passing the gate, and on enquiry the guard mentioned that they were from the company and had permission.
Then some random shots
Then I saw a braveheart
Leave the braveheart, check out the place
To be contd…
With rest of the story, my quick review of this place and some more snaps