A HUGE observation deck is opening on Jebel Jais
You’ll get an even bigger reward than you used to if you climb Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah later this year. From October there will be a brand new observation deck close to the top of the mountain, sitting 1,300 metres above sea level.
The project is being developed by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and continues the emirates burgeoning reputation as the UAE’s adventure sports capital. Jebel Jais Observation deck will be a series of viewing platforms offering a stunning vista of the emirate’s wildlife and the Al Hajar Mountain range. You can also expect a multi-purpose events arena, picnic areas, walking paths and a food truck zone.
Hikers and bikers can also use it as a base camp before they go off and explore the mountain, which is the highest peak in the UAE.
The deck will be lit using solar energy and ground work us underway already.
“The appeal will extend beyond the very active. The deck will let visitors take in stunning sea and mountain views, and the magnificent sunrises and sunsets which cast a dancing performance of light and shadow over the area every morning and evening,” explained Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA. “The Jebel Jais Observation Deck will also include a versatile events arena and a permanent area for food trucks serving members of the public and international guests who want to experience the fresh mountain air in temperatures that are traditionally around 10 degrees lower than the UAE average.”
This is all part of Ras Al Khailah’s Vision 2019, which aims to attract over one million visitors by the end of next year.
“For some time, the emirate has been popular with inveterate hikers tempted by the rocky pathways which skirt ancient villages in the mountain ranges; these pathways are also increasingly used by independent organisers of group tours,” explained Mattar. “Jebel Jais has also attracted motorists wanting to drive the newly extended road, which snakes up towards the mountain’s summit. We have also had tremendous success with the Gulf’s only commercial Via Ferrata since it opened last year – the Jebel Jais Observation Deck builds on the emirate’s growing outdoor product portfolio and adventure tourism credentials.
Jebel Jais is already the emirate’s number one attraction on Tripadvisor, with the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path), which includes a zipline 400 ft above sea level, being second.