Ras Al Khaimah
Jebel Jais, UAE’s highest mountain, offers a number of designated trails suited to all walkers – from family to more experienced hikers. It is always recommended, irrespective of experience and skill level, that visitors prepare for every precaution when looking to enjoy the hiking experience.
To assist, we put together top 10 tips for a safe and enjoyable experience:
Plan your route
There are a number of designated trials in Jebel Jais’ natural landscape, each offering a different experience and catering to various ability levels. Research which route suits your ability and familirise yourself with the hike.
Check the weather
Jebel Jais offers consistent weather conditions; still, we recommend you check the latest weather reports to ensure that you are hiking at the best time.
Always hike with a companion – it is more enjoyable to hike with someone and, should an accident or emergency arise, you can count on the support of someone to raise alarm or seek assistance.
Let people know
Whether you are an experienced hiker or out for a gentle walk with the family, let others know your plans, itinerary and estimated time of return. Should you not arrive when planned, your contact person can alert authorities in case of an emergency.
Bring a map
Although designated hiking trails on Jebel Jais are clearly marked, it is always advisable to carry a map with your route indicated so you can follow your process and exact location throughout the hike.
Jebel Jais is usually 10 degrees cooler than the rest of UAE, but hiking over the mountain requires constant hydration and water is the best companion.
Wear appropriate clothing
Mountain trails require comfortable footwear that fit and offer grip. Trainers or walking boots with a sturdy and thick sole with traction are best suited. Do not attempt to walk in flip flops or sandals. It is also advisable to dress in layers so that it is easy to change should the temperature drop or rise.
Bring a first aid kit
Always carry a basic first aid kit and know how to use it.
Do not bring non-essential items that weigh you down. Extra weight can be tiring to carry.
Know your ability
Do not push yourself further than your own capabilities or those within your group. Take as many breaks as needed and only walk as far as the group is able to.