I’ve been wanting to do some hill climbing on my bike in the Emirates for quite some time now but always felt quite intimidated thinking about how dangerous it would be to ride on the road. There are groups that go out pretty much every week but I felt that I could never keep pace with any of them so I preferred to stay in bed on the weekends. Also it’s a 90 minute drive from Dubai to Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.
Jebel Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE at a height of 1,934 meters and forms part of the Hajar Mountains that begin in the Musandam Peninsula and stretch to Sur in Oman.
It’s a total of nearly 60km riding to the top and back down to the base.
We reached early morning, parked our car at the base where there are even toilets. There were a few people who camped overnight in the cold ready to take on the Jais. There were nearly 80-90 riders riding up together.
After a 10km steady ride the road gradually starts to slope at a 1.5%. Riding early morning we had a nice climb riding in the shade which was quite preferable. From here on it was a smooth winding road every 2km. Quite exhausting when your cycling up and you can still see that you’ve got a long way to go before you reach the top.
There were some crazy people even running to the top.
Having not really trained for quite some time I was happy with my time of 2hrs that I took to reach the top.
This has become one of my must do rides in the UAE especially to train for hills.
You The scenery was quite breathtaking with some fantastic views of the mountains and valleys, and the early morning sunrise over the mountains. The view from the top was even better and reminded me of my ride in Mallorca the year before with similar winding roads.
This is a must do if you’re a cycling enthusiast and living in the UAE or the Middle East.