Jebel Al Mebrah is an absolute must for road lovers

Jebel Al Mebrah is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1,527m (5,010ft) above sea level, located in the United Arab Emirates.

Jebel Al Mebrah

Is the road to Jebel Al Mebrah paved?

The road to the summit, also known as Jabal Yibir, is fully paved. The highest point and the highest named mountain are actually different places. The highest mountain or peak in the UAE is Jebel Al Mebrah. However, the highest place you can actually stand on in the UAE is a point on a mountain slope on Jebel Jais. The true summit of Jebel Jais is in Oman. Jebel Al Mebrah is at 1,527m, while Jebel Hafeet is at 1,240m.

Is the road to Jebel Al Mebrah steep?

Starting at Tawiyan, at an elevation of 168m above sea level, the ascent is 10.66 miles (17.15 km) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1359m, and the average gradient is 7.94%.

Can you drive to Jebel Al Mebrah?

Set high in the Hajar Mountains, the peak is off-limits because at the summit there’s a telecommunications tower and a military base, and access is closed. Private cars can drive up to approximately 1,300m above sea level. The climb up to the military checkpoint is amazing with all those steep and quirky hairpin bends. The drive downhill is even better. The temperature at the top is typically about 15 degrees C lower than in the plains. You can enjoy wide wadis, amazing mountains, and some of the very best views over Musandam and the Northern Emirates.

Is the road to Jebel Al Mebrah challenging?

The surface of the road is not good and severely damaged by rainfall. The road is steep and dangerous, with sections up to 15%. Check your tires and brakes before you go.
Pic: Arif Ahsan Shaikh
Road suggested by: Andrew Wheeler