29 December 2016

Jebel (Mount) Hafeet

Al Ain
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates: 24.059082, 55.778236

It took us half an hour to get to the peak of Mount Hafeet, and we enjoyed every single minute of the drive up the mountain. The gradually changing landscape and climate was both remarkable and refreshing.

Excerpts from Visit Abu Dhabi’s website:

Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. This towering rocky height, which stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman, is forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. Significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw of the city’s ancient history.

reaching the summit of Mount Hafeet

which meant "empty mountain"

we're practically at the border with Oman

Brendan basking in the sunset
 a 'must-not-miss' attraction in Al Ain

a mountain range that straddles Oman as well

we made our way

to the  observation deck

Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills.

We came here not for the burial tombs, however. We came here minutes before dusk to witness what will prove to be an enchanting sunset, and our second since coming to the UAE.

From this point onwards we will leave you with just photographs of the enchanting sunset we witnessed here, high up in the peaks of Mount Hafeet… enjoy!

Our flight back to Malaysia departs tomorrow night, we sighed collectively in our hearts as we watched the sun go down.

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