17 August 2020

At the top of the highest mountain in UAE

Snow, it covered all.

The way to the mountain is a suffering way.

- From the Soweol Kim’s poetry "Mountain" -

Yes. It is true. Middle east has snowy days in somewhere. The mountain. At the top of the mountain, there has snow almost every winter. Of course, it doesn’t similar happen like the poetry, hope it could cover all. Every year, I read that from a newspaper once or twice. It is just windy that mixed snowing in the rocky mountain, so couldn’t match with a cup of hot cocoa or hot soup. In terms of religions, the foundation of the roman catholic and Muslim, “through the wildness” would be looked like this scene. 

The highest mountain in UAE is Jabel Jais (Jabel mean is a hill, a mountain, or somewhere is higher than nearby in Arabic. It is still used for a village in Dubai or other Arab countries). Someone said it is 2000m above from sea level, but official data shows it around 1996m.

First, let’s see the below map. You can see what a politically complex area.

t looks like an edge of the corn shape land with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman, and the mountain is almost at the top of the corn where is between the Persian Gulf and Oman sea and that is in front of the strait of Hormuz. You will understand with the below map why I said it is a politically complex area.

Did you find the familiar name the strait of Hormuz. Yes, the mountain is at the start of the strait of Hormuz, a cross of Iran and partially crossed Oman UAE border. Also, the Oman side Jabel Jais part is not in the mainland of Oman, it is in the part of Oman peninsular. Therefore, if you look at the google satellite image map, you can see many military bases near the mountain. Someone told me, the path was used by smugglers between Iran, UAE and Oman a long time ago.
Anyway, it is in the middle of many other mountains like Rocky mountain in North America.  Let’s check it out the satellite image.

Maybe no one visits there without any specific purpose, and very hard to find the way, SO I visited there. The start of the way was from the fancy highway in Dubai. However, it changed fewer lanes from 16 lanes, 8 lanes and didn’t look like 2 lanes but anyway 2 lanes road eventually. Then, I realised drove on the almost offroad way.

Continuously mountains came up to my car dashboard and too dried wildness land, and it showed me what a rocky desert is.  If rocks had some gaps, of course, it filled with sands. In the middle of these sands, a piece of plant leaves the most challenging life itself. Feels seem they called me with a very dried and husky voice. 

How long I drove the way, I felt something big and big blue, crisp navy colored piece had passed my eyes. It was more than just cool one, it was spooky and creepy blue one like a frigid deep blue sea. What was that? My car stopped with milky white dust over my head, and I grabbed my camera and sucked to the lens. However, the heat from the hottest land broke my passion for photography soon.

Who knows when it built, how deep it is, was that built or made naturally. the pale blue water was trying to break the edge and the rusty fence was only trying to tell the story. Between two mountains, enough sands were layered in many hundreds of years (over 1km wide), in the middle of sands, wadi (water flew area in Arabic) made the dam. I don’t know, enough water came from the mountains or just well up naturally (I checked the sea level at the park, it was -10m. Behind the cold blue dam, I drove to the mountain again.

Pass through the limitless mountains,

I couldn’t count how many sharp curves I passed. I drove the “not too bad” 4x4 car and didn’t meet any surprisingly uncomfortable situations, but if you want to test your car engine how high temperature couldn’t be harmed, I recommend you to visit and drive this road. I was also very nervous and softly pushed the gas pedal.
How long I climbed the mountain. Cutting edge cliffs were around me, and couldn’t recognise which mountain is far more. Looked like VR images mountains were in front of toes. It was the Jabel Jais.

At the top of the mountain, possible to see the start of the strait of Hormuz. I climbed Jabel Jais the highest mountain in UAE.
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