Drive through scenic roads as you reach Jebel Jais - the tallest mountain in the North-Western Hajar range in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The peak stands tall, with the summit scaling 1,934 meters. As the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais is a popular weekend attraction for residents and tourists alike. The mountain hosts the world’s longest zipline and the highest bridge in the UAE, suspended 1,250 meters above sea level.
If you’ve ever wanted to go ice skating atop a mountain, your wish is about to come true with Jebel Jais’ full-fledged ice skating rink. To top it all off, the Emirates is set to open a new attraction for thrill-seekers in 2020 - a controlled bungee jump suspended 1,500 meters above sea level, with a free-fall drop of 8 meters to blow your mind. The above attractions are just a few that visitors can enjoy at Jebel Jais and make the mountain a must-visit for everyone.
What’s New at Jebel Jais?
- Jebel Jais Bungee Jump is one of the adventure park’s upcoming attractions in early 2020. The 23-meter high controlled drop is ideal for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. The jump is a great attraction for experienced jumpers and first-timers alike.
- The Bull Maze is also coming in 2020. The 35-obstacle course lets you have fun navigating a maze 10 meters above the ground, including rope swings, swinging loops, and wobbly bridges split into two levels. Up to 15 people can enter the maze at once for 1 hour.
- The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is another must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. Learn to survive in the toughest terrains with the guidance of seasoned professionals. Adults and families can sign up for a half-day, 1-day and 2-day course - all of which offer a range of survival and adventure tasks.
- Jebel Jais also partners with various third-party providers to enable tourists to experience zipline tours, a camping site, hiking, and mountain climbing.
Getting to Jebel Jais
Here are the best ways to get to Jebel Jais:
1. Taxi: The mountain range of Ras Al-Khaimah is around 60 km away from Jebel Jais, making a taxi a viable option for travelers and locals alike. Those who are up for a long road trip and enjoy looking at landscape views pass by can choose to take a taxi. Dubai is approximately 256.5 km by road from Jebel Jais and a taxi could be an option for visitors.
2. Metro: If a private car is not an option, you could always use a combination of the metro, bus and taxi to reach Jebel Jais. Visitors from Dubai can get onboard the Red Line at the Nakheel Metro Station and get off at the Dubai Deira Terminal. Hop onto buses C-19, C19, or C26 to travel to the nearest stop (Ras al Khaimah Bus Station) and take a taxi from there.
3. Bus: Several bus services are available for visitors from Dubai. Bus 17, C-19 and C-26 are the main buses that ply to Ras al Khaimah bus station from within the metropolis. These buses cost around 20 to 25 AED and could take up to 2 hours. Visitors can take an hour-long taxi from the bus station.
4. Shuttles: There are regular shuttle buses from Ras Al Khaimah City, Al Hamra area and Al Marjan Island to Jebel Jais daily for a fee of around 20 AED. These shuttles are offered by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA). Visitors can buy tickets on the bus or book them online at Visit Jebel Jais.
5. From the Airport: After landing at Dubai airport, take any of the buses in the city to reach Ras Al Khaimah and then hire a taxi or shuttle to reach Jebel Jais. Visitors can also hire direct taxis and town cars to take them to the mountain.
Top Things to Do at Jebel Jais
1. Zip Lining
The Jebel Jais Flight is the longest zipline in the world and is over 2.7 km (1.7 miles) long. Adrenaline junkies and outdoor enthusiasts can zoom past stunning mountain views from a height of 1,680 meters above sea level. Visitors will speed along at 120kph to 150kph for two-three minutes in a special harness fit for the experience.
Visit diverse ecosystems through 6 unique trails at Jebel Jais with a cumulative distance of 16km. The trails are of varying difficulties and split across the lower and upper segments of Jebel Jais. The lower segment features trails as short as 0.7 km to as long as 6 km. The upper segment has one trail - the Ghaf Summit, a 4.3km long trail.
Explore Jebel Jais on a cycle through paved, winding paths that run across the peak. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the mountain range at your own pace.
Plan a camping trip over the weekend and enjoy the clear skies as you bask in the peaceful ambiance at Jebel Jais. There are multiple spots across the mountain that provide 24-hour access so visitors can pick a spot to have their dream camping experience.
Marvel at all-encompassing views of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Mountain valleys from 1,250 meters above sea level. The Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park, which features 7 decks equipped with 12 binoculars. Lay back and relax as you enjoy the view or watch thrill-seekers ride The Flight. The Viewing Deck Park is open from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 11 pm on weekends.
6. Mountain Climbing
The UAE’s first Via Ferrata - a protected climbing route - is at Jebel Jais. The route is around 1km and features fixed steel cables every 1 to 10 meters so climbers can be harnessed to it. This attraction is to be opened shortly.
Best Time to Visit
We recommend visiting Jebel Jais between November to April as the summers in the UAE can be too hot to handle while doing outdoor activities. If you do visit Jebel Jais in the winter, carry extra jackets and necessary equipment as the temperature in the mountains could drop down to -3°C.
If you do plan to camp at Jebel Jais, make sure to fuel up your car and load up on adequate snacks and water. The peak closes at 5 pm and the restaurants, cafes and other amenities close along with it. So those who plan to stay overnight should plan accordingly and stock up at Ras al Khaimah.
Hotels near the Attraction
The mountain itself is open 24 hours a day.
The attractions atop the Jebel Jais, including the Jebel Jais Bungee Jump, are open from:
Winter: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Summer: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Visitors who want to camp around the mountain can do so overnight.
Know Before You Go
- Please arrive at the Jebel Bais Bungee Jump or other attractions at least half an hour before the designated time.
- If you purchase tickets online, visit the information center on-site to get instructions and maps of the attractions.
- Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver by a parent or legal guardian.
- Participants must weigh between 40kg to 130kg to take part in the bungee jump. You may be weighed on site to decide eligibility.
- This jump is aimed at individuals with normal health and fitness.
- Please inform on-site staff if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
- Due to the elevation, pregnant women and people under the influence of alcohol or other substances are not allowed to enter or participate.
- Jebel Jais has a free parking lot so if you drive up to the peak, you can park your car conveniently.
Handy Insider Tips
- Jebel Jais features 2 restaurants on-site - Puro Express and Muse Cafe. Both serve snacks, pizzas and refreshments. Visitors can also visit many of the restaurants in the Ras Al Khaimah area.
- Wear athletic clothing that can handle the rough terrain. Running shoes or hiking shoes are also a must.
- Dress according to the weather and grab an extra jacket during the winter months.
- A budget of 400 to 500 dirham should be sufficient for a day at Jebel Bais. The food at Puro Express and Muse costs around 30 to 40 AED while the attractions can cost around 150 to 300 AED. Travel costs range from 20 AED for buses and can grow exponentially if you use taxis or rentals.
- Buy combo passes for the greatest savings.
- Sunscreen or sunblock is a must.
How much are the ticket prices for attractions at Jebel Jais?
While the tickets for the Jebel Jais Bungee Jump are yet to be announced, ticket prices for open attractions vary on what you choose. You should also check out online sites to see if there are discounts applicable. Currently, prices for the Jebel Jais flight start around 300 AED while the Zipline Tour start around 150 AED.
Should I take my kids here?
You can take your children to Jebel Jais no problem. There are several attractions there for children. Please keep your eye and make sure they stay calm so they don’t disturb other tourists.
Can we have a campfire overnight with kids?
Yes. You can have a campfire overnight and there are several sites along the mountain road. Campfires are allowed as long as they are contained. You should plan your trip and set up camp early as the spots fill up quickly. Avoid littering as the fines are high.
What is the best way to travel to Jebel Jais?
We recommend using the shuttle to reach the peak or rent a private car and drive up while enjoying scenic views. A taxi can become very expensive but if budget is not an issue then you can go for that as well.
What is the best time to visit Jebel Jais?
You should avoid going during peak summer for outdoor activities. Visit during the early winter for the best time to enjoy the viewing deck and other attractions.