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Highest Peak in Abu Dhabi - Jebel Hafeet

July 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

Abu Dhabi is often disregarded in favour of its sister city Dubai. While Abu Dhabi may not yet be called as the city of future, it is fast following in Dubai’s footsteps. While there are amazing modern structures to lure the tourists in Abu Dhabi, there are also natural attractions that are a part of the fabric of Abu Dhabi itself.

Rising at 1240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi and second in the UAE. Jebel Hafeet guards Al Ain and borders Oman. The eyes of the peak are always on the sprawled city of Abu Dhabi. The peak has been a significant landmark throughout the history of the area. Jebel Hafeet is carved out of limestone which bears the weathered marks of the existence of millions of years. There have been some significant and important fossil finds at the foothills of the mountain. Over 500 burial tombs, approximately dating back to 5000 years have been found here. Jebel Hafeet is at a two hour drive from Abu Dhabi. This is one of the most exhilarating among the many attractions in Abu Dhabi

A winding highway takes us to the top of this rugged limestone mountain. Two lanes ascend up the peak, while one descends down the mountain. This road itself has earned the reputation as being one of the greatest in the world. You can either drive to reach the peak, or if you are game enough, you can opt to scale it on a cycle. There is an annually held cycle race called Jebel Hafeet Mercure Challenge, sometime in January. The road ends at a parking lot and a palace that belongs to the rulers of the emirate.

The Green Mubazarrah lies at the feet of the Jebel Hafeet. The Green Mubazarrah is a well established tourist attraction. Tourists will find hot water springs meeting in streams that finally merge in a lake at the Green Mubazarrah. Jacuzzis and swimming pools are littered throughout the Mubazarrah.

If you are lucky enough or unlucky depending on your viewpoint, there is a wide range of wild life that feeds at the Jebel Hafeet. This includes foxes, snakes and bats etc. It is worth scaling Jebel Hafeet just to watch the play of light when the rugged rocks are bathed in sunlight.

The Mercure Grand Jebel Haffeet hotel is repleneshid with all the facilities, amenities and services to make your stay at Jebel Hafeet an unforgettable experience. It can hold its own among the countless prime hotels in Abu Dhabi.

 

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