About Jebel Jais

The Mountain

The UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais is part of the spectacular Hajar mountains that were formed over 70 million years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates and Oman. Towering at 1,934 m above sea level, Jebel Jais boasts breath-taking vistas, thrilling adventures, and a welcome respite from the heat with temperatures around ten degrees cooler than sea level.


Weather

Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais, at 1,934 metres tall, usually records temperatures that are 10°C cooler on average than other popular landmarks across the country. 

During summer months, temperatures at all the major landmarks across the emirates average between 43 – 45°C while at the Jebel Jais summit temperatures reach a moderate 31°C during the day time and 29 °C during the late afternoon.

While visitors and residents look to escape the heat with indoor activities across other areas of the UAE, Jebel Jais offers the opportunity for travellers and residents looking for outdoor adventures and diverse scenery at significantly cooler temperatures than at sea level, and incredible views of the stunning Ras Al Khaimah landscape.


Nature

Ras Al Khaimah has multiple eco-systems across its sandy deserts, coastal strips, salt flats, mangroves and mountains, making it a fascinating place for nature lovers. 

Jebel Jais mountain is home to a number of mountain goats, camels, foxes, wildcats as well as hundreds of bird species. After the winter rains, the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah burst into colour with purple lilies, wild irises and white daisies. The Sidr tree, highly appreciated for its medical use, can also be found in the Wadis. Its pollen also attracts bees that produce excellent mountain honey.

Wadi

Wadi is the Arabic word for ‘valley’. These Wadis often get filled with rainwater in winter and some are full even during summer. After the rains, Wadis become more fertile turning green with the local flora giving it a fantastic landscape. This then becomes the perfect spot for locals and tourists to take spectacular pictures or camp by the springs. Some of the popular Wadis in Jebel Jais and Hajar mountain range are the Wadi Shahha, Wadi Albih, Wadi Ghalilah, and Wadi Sham.