Road work to UAE's tallest peak at RAK nears completion

Posted on 18th November 2014

Construction work of a road to the tallest peak in the UAE is nearing completion as 83% of the 36 kilometer-long Jebel Jais road has been finished by the Ras Al Khaimah Public Works and Services Department, according to the official state news agency WAM.

Jebel Jais Road

According to a top official, construction work on the mega tourist project began in 2004, but no deadline was set for constructing the rocky road, which will stand 1,800 metres above sea level upon completion and will end very close to the peak, which is covered with snow and hail most of the winter months every year.

"Construction works are underway on the remaining 5,850 metres of the road, but we are not sure how long it will take to be completed due to the rocky nature of the place," Ahmad Al Hammadi, Director of the Department, told The Khaleej Times newspaper.

He added that they have completed some 30 kilometer of the mountainous road. "Only 6 kilometer of the road to the 1,900 meter-tall mountain, which is the highest in the UAE, is left."

Al Hammadi said the Jebel Jais road will significantly cut the time needed to reach the peak of the mountain to under 45 minutes. This means that people can reach the peak in under one hour from RAK city which is 25 kilometers away.

The road will stand 1,800 metres above sea level upon completion and will end very close to the peak, he added.

"Construction works are underway on the remaining 5,850 metres of the road, but we are not sure how long it will take to be completed due to the rocky nature of the place."

Al Hammadi said the road will be a major tourist and business attraction in the emirate. "Hotels, resorts and tourist residence projects are expected to be built later close to the famous mountain."

A number of restaurants, rest houses and emergency and public service centres will be established on the road, he stated.

"All essential utilities and infrastructure works like power and water supplies, sewage networks, rain drains, lamp posts, and a high concrete wall on both sides have been accommodated in the project."

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