Jebel Hafeet

Jebel Hafeet, Hajar range


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Jebel Hafeet -Al Ain Mountains 

The former ruler of Abu Dhabi, the late Sheikh Zayed’s home, Al-Ain has a geography that’s distinct and markedly different from the town of Abu Dhabi. Al-Ain is much greener and the Jebel Hafeet is located on Al-Ain’s outskirts on the southeastern side. So, let's visit this mountain with Travel Saga Tourism.

Tour Details

  Tour Name

  Hatta Tour

  Tour Type

  City Tour


  8 hours


  8 AM (customisable)

  Days of Operation


  Starting Price

  AED 1100



  • Pick up and drop from the hotel
  • Visit to the top of Jebel Jais
  • Private Transfers to Jebel Hafeet Mountains


  • All other personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation is only possible before 24 hours of your visit date
  • You can also reschedule until 24 hours before your visit date

Child Policy

  • No charges apply for kids under the age of 3 years
  • Anyone above the age of 3 years is eligible for the standard adult rate

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What to Expect on the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Tour?

Jebel Hafeet means ‘the barren mountain’ in the Arabian language and the mountain truly is barren. It’s a protected natural asset under the 2018 Environmental Protection Act. Abu Dhabi’s highest peak and the third highest in all of UAE, the Jebel Hafeet also has beautiful serpentine roads leading to it. The mountain’s summit is 4,000 feet above sea level.

Jebel Hafeet is a part of the Hajar Mountains, much of which lies in Oman. It’s this mountain range that’s behind the vast difference in climate between Oman and the UAE. While one-half of Jebel Hafeet is in the UAE, the other half is in Oman. However, the highest point of the mountain falls in Abu Dhabi.

Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain, you get to see the Al Ain city spread out down below. Tourists and motorists just love making it up to the mountain top through the long winding roads of Jebel Hafeet which was once only a mountain trail. There’s a large parking lot at the mountain top. You can gaze far into the horizons from there.

The Jebel Hafeet Tombs in Al Ain

The eastern side of the mountain is home to Abu Dhabi’s oldest archaeological site. These tombs date back to the Bronze Age a long 5,000 years back. Interestingly, artifacts excavated here have proved that trade links existed between India and Mesopotamia. The tombs have earned the name ‘beehive tombs’ because of their unique hexagonal shape. It’s because of this discovery that UAE’s Bronze Age is referred to as the ‘Hafeet Age.’

The historic discovery of this site was first made by a team of Danish archaeologists. This was followed by many experts visiting the place for more studies. In the present day, Jebel Hafeet has established itself as a very popular tourist spot.

The Mountain Roads of  Jebel Hafeet

The winding road that leads to the top of Jebel Hafeet Mountain is 11.2 kilometres. The road has as many as 60 turns! Driving on this road is a thrill as this road is challenging to maneuver with its numerous hairpin bends and steep gradients.

There are viewing points that fall on the way where you’ll find cafes serving refreshments. The road is a favourite among cyclists who love taking up the challenge of riding up the road in the winter. You shouldn’t miss the experience of taking in the spectacular views of the surroundings while driving up the road.

Jebel Hafeet's Weather

The weather in Jebel Hafeet isn’t as harsh as it is in the UAE. Temperatures here are consistently below 40 degrees Celsius. The best time to come here is the winter when the temperatures are even lower and it can get a bit hazy occasionally.

Tips for Visiting Jabel Hafeet

  • While there are no specific opening hours, it’s best to schedule your visit between 11 AM and 11 PM
  • Hiring a taxi or renting a vehicle is an economical option if you are travelling in a group
  • Make sure that you carry water bottles and some snacks. Take hiking poles with you if you plan to hike
  • It’s best to start early in the day especially if you are hiking

How To Reach There?

  • By the metro: Take the metro to Deira City Center. Walk to the bus terminus and take a bus to Sharjah’s Al Jubail Bus Station.
  • By bus: Get off at the Al Ain bus stop after taking a bus from Sharjah.
  • Buy using our private transfer service: We can arrange a private tour that includes a private car and guide.

Nearby Attractions 


  • Green Mubazzarah

This is the UAE’s greenest zone just by the Jebel Ali. It’s a place with lush greenery and it’s surrounded by rugged mountains. The Green Mubazzarah Park is just perfect for a picnic. There are steaming hot springs, the reason behind the place’s greenery.


  • Al-Ain Zoo

Founded in 1968, The Al-Ain Zoo was an initiative by the then-ruler, the late Sheikh Zayed. It’s ten kilometres to the Green Mubazzarah’s north. It’s a large zoo, home to 4,000 animals of 200 species.


  • Al-Ain Oasis

The UAE’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, the Al Ain Oasis stands out as it’s not a modern construction built to emulate the heritage style. Saved from the wave of modernisation, this protected zone still features the Falaj irrigation system that dates back 3,000 years. There are innumerable date palm trees in the lovely gardens of the 12,000-hectare oasis.


  • Al-Ain Museum

The Al Ain Museum showcases Al Ain’s history beginning from the Bronze Age. It has a long history of 7,500 years. This attraction was also built by the late Sheikh Zayed in 1969 and the museum shifted to its new premises in 1971 from the Eastern Fort.


  • Mercure Jebel Hafeet Hotel

Located atop Jebel Hafeet Mountain, this opulent hotel offers spectacular views of the valley. The rooftop swimming pool is simply spectacular.


Q. What’s the length of Jebel Hafeet?

Jebel Hafeet Mountain stretches through 11.2 kilometres and has an elevation of 1249 meters above sea level.

Q. What is special about Jebel Hafeet??

It’s popular because of the spectacular views one gets to enjoy from the top and the archaeological discoveries. The road that leads to the top of the mountain is very beautiful as well.

Q. What is the best time to visit Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain?

The best time to visit Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain is from October to April. The weather is cheerful and you will surely enjoy the outdoor activities.

Q. Is it safe for hiking?

Yes, the mountain is safe for hiking. Just make sure to carry the necessary equipment and be a bit careful about the steepness.

Q. What is the difference between Jebel Jais and Jebel Hafeet?

With a height of roughly 1,934 metres, Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, is situated near Ras Al Khaimah. Conversely, Jebel Hafeet, which is located close to Al Ain, is elevated to a height of around 1,240 metres.

Q. Where can I find Jebel Hafeet hotels?

One of the best places to stay overnight is the Mercure Jebel Hafeet Hotel. It offers a memorable stay and the view from atop the mountain is just breathtaking.

Q. What’s the height of Jebel Hafeet Mountain?

The Jebel al Hafeet rises up to a height of 1249 meters making it the UAE’s second tallest peak.


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