After the camel market we venture to drive up the second tallest mountain in the UAE, the Jebel Hafeet – a whopping 1,249 footer bordering the next emirate of Oman.
We spiral up the mountain, racing to make sunset. We make it just in time. The drive, which has been described as “among the greatest driving roads” by sources such as Edmunds.com (an automotive information source), is incredibly twisty and windy (and nauseating – ugh). It is a triumph when we finally reached the peak.
There is a massive house built on a cliff near the top, which we reason must belong to a sheikh (a member of the ruling family of the UAE), who must have a helicopter to get around.
The Mercure Jebel Hafeet hotel is also at the top. Very cool but very strange – do guests really want to travel up and down such a long and steep distance to and fro? I shiver at the drop in temperature and breathe in the unparalleled views of the mountain valleys below, as the setting sun cast a rainbow in the sky.
TIP: Plan to head up the mountain for sunset, and bring a sweatshirt for the drop in temperature.
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