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A breathtaking marvel: Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road (UAE)

Just have a look what they have created in a desert…

Snapshots of the 8th Wonder

The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the greatest driving road in the world. Stretching for 7.3 miles and climbing nearly 4,000 feet, it boasts 60 corners and a surface so smooth that it would flatter a racetrack. It could easily be described as the eighth wonder of the world, but almost nothing is known about its creation.
 
The road is cut into the Jebel Hafeet Mountain, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, the oil-rich Persian Gulf state. The mountain spans the border with Oman and lies about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of the thriving city of Dubai. It looks down upon a dusty, desert landscape that belies a nation of astonishing wealth.

A bizarre history lesson
The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road must have cost $100 million to build, but its origins remain shrouded in mystery. You can buy an enormous guidebook detailing the hydrogeology of the local spring, or the DNA of the resident butterflies, but info on the road itself is almost impossible to find.

Perhaps the real, unspoken reason for the road’s existence is a huge palace sitting on top of the mountain. It belongs to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the current ruler of the Emirates. His face also adorns a huge banner announcing the entrance to the road and it’s under his watch that it was constructed. This incredible feat of engineering is actually no more than a giant driveway. It’s enough to make Bill Gates green with envy.
 
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan spared no expense when he commissioned the Hafeet Mountain Road. It would be easy to dismiss such extravagance as vulgar, but that would be to demean the majesty of the achievement. In every sense of the word, this is the world’s greatest drive.

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  1. August 25, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    dats amazing
    sumthing of interest of an archi 🙂

  2. sukanya
    August 30, 2006 at 8:45 am

    hi..
    am researching on mountain roads..and this is damn interesting..please forward any information if possible.
    thanx.

  3. September 1, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    @ Sukanya

    I can give ya more information but then where do I send it to?

  4. Shannen Cabantog
    June 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    amazing!!!
    gives us an idea of a worthwhile 2hours drive from dubai just to witness this expectacular views & scenery.
    unfortunately, summer is not a right time for us. we ended our tour at al ain zoo. wish to be able to make it next time.

    • October 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

      Yes, it is indeed worth the trouble of a 2-hour drive. The best time to either witness the sunrise or the sunset from the top of the mountain.

      When you’re there, don’t forget to miss the hot water springs at the foot of the mountain. That’s a miracle in itself…

  5. Gail Fabiani
    February 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Truly amazing. What is the geology of the mountain. Is there a techtonic plate that has pushed up the rock? Is there a fault line, and how stable is the rock. Is it sandstone? Is there a spring through the mountain as we noticed a lot of greenery.

    • February 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

      @ Gail:

      Frankly, I am not so much into geology to be able to answer your questions… but definitely, what I know is that there is no fault line / tectonic plate there.

      As for the spring, there are hot water springs at the foot of the mountain which supposedly has therapeutic characteristics.

      Definitely a must visit…

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