I’m gonna call Jabel Hafeet (also known as Jabel Jafeet or Jabal Hafeet) as the Snake Mountain. No, don’t get me wrong. The mountain doesn’t have millions of snakes but there should be some lurking somewhere. I call it as such because when you’re driving up to the top, you’re literally snaking your way up, following a zigzag road that could end your life if you’re a stupid driver. Yes, the road is wide but it could still be dangerous—and you might end up in neighbouring Oman—lifeless. 🙂
Jabel Hafeet is a massive mountain wrecked by the local government to build a road, a hotel, viewing decks and a souvenir shop with huge parking space on the top. I couldn’t really imagine the destruction they had to do in exchange of the said amenities. It’s an engineering feat, I must say. If China could build a Great Wall, UAE could build a Highway to the Sky. Nonetheless, the view on top is something you’d never forget, I suppose.
I didn’t really appreciate much of what Jabel Hafeet can offer because we drove up there at night.
Indeed, the view is amazing. You’ll be able to see the city skyline of Al Ain in the first two viewing stops.
And on the other side of the mountain, you’ll be able to see Oman.
This is Mercure-Hotel on top of Jabel Hafeet.
Tips for the Traveler:
At the foothills of Jabel Jafeet, you’ll find a well-manicured park for outdoor picnic and barbecuing. Make time to stay there and enjoy the trees and greenery. There’s a long canal here where hot spring water goes by. Dig your feet and enjoy the relaxing feeling! And believe it or not, there’s a KFC here, too. 🙂
Surrounding Jabel Hafeet are numerous hotels that offer hot spring pools for your pleasure.