Every month a new trip will be uploaded to this site: enjoy!
This trip is on tarmac to the garden city of Al Ain, for a relaxing picnic at the Green Mubazzarah park and an exhilarating drive up one of the world’s most famous mountain roads.
The 12 km strip of tarmac up Jebel Hafeet is like a F1 track up a mountain – a motorsports enthusiast’s wet dream. Many have tackled it, some officially, such as Emirati rally legend Mohammed bin Sulayem, who set a record of a 7 km segment with its 22 corners in 3 minutes and 39 seconds setting a benchmark time (and now sadly imitated by every crazy driver and his cousin). Edmunds.com called it the world’s greatest driving road, and TV Show Fifth Gear featured an adrenalin-pumping sprint up.
But… sorry to all… try it in an Aston Martin sports car! Feel the “Bond”!!!
Here is a video of a similar Aston Martin:
Download the KML file for your GPS by clicking here. Once downloaded, you can import the file into your GPS device and take it on the road, or double-click that file and it will open automatically in Google Earth if you have that installed (all adventurers should! Google Earth).
And here is an interactive map of the route.
View Jebel Hafeet Mountain, Abu Dhabi in a larger map, courtesy of AUSmotive.
So the real destination for this weekend trip is actually at the foothills of Jabel Hafeet. There lies the Green Mubazarrah. It is a green valley, where hot-water springs gush forth in little streams and form a lake. Little pools and jacuzzis are scattered all over the area and a large grassy park attracts picnickers. Barbeque pits are provided, and there are playgrounds for the kids to run wild. It does get very busy during weekend evenings and nights, but when you catch the fresh breeze you will understand why it is a fabulous destination (plus the road up!).
Please do take care while driving the Jebel Hafeet road. It is a magnet for young men and their cars, many of whom think they possess racing car driving skills – well, they don’t, and the cement guardrails are continuously being repainted as a result.
Oh, and I took a recording of what the Aston Martin sounds like!
Best time to enjoy the views from Jebel Hafeet is sunset, and for a quiet drive it is early Friday morning. My disclaimer is here.