As temperatures continue to soar across the United Arab Emirates, the country’s most northern emirate Ras Al Khaimah is celebrating its cooler climate by inviting holidaymakers and domestic staycationers to experience its mountains, where temperatures are 10 degrees cooler than anywhere else in the UAE.
Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE at 1,934 metres tall, records temperatures that are 10°C cooler on average than other popular landmarks across the country.
During the third week of July, temperatures at all the major landmarks across the emirates reached between 43 – 45°C, – at the Jebel Jais summit, temperatures reached a moderate 31°C during the day time and 27 °C during the late afternoon.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA), said: “While visitors and residents are looking to escape the heat with indoor activities across other areas of the UAE, Jebel Jais offers the opportunity for travellers and residents looking for outdoor adventures and diverse scenery at significantly cooler temperatures than at sea level, and incredible views of the stunning Ras Al Khaimah landscape.”
Part of the Hajar mountain range, Jebel Jais offers a mountain experience like no other. With winding roads from sea level up to the peak, the route provides a challenging and beautiful backdrop for hikers, mountain bikers and those looking for a pleasant picnic spot or scenic driving route.
The sweeping mountain range also offers a number of secluded camping spots for those eager to spend a night under the stars.
Throughout the year Jebel Jais plays host to a number of events including the GCC Hiking Challenge and the Ras Al Khaimah Mountain Festival which made its debut in 2015.
Holidaymakers looking to experience Ras Al Khaimah’s’s awe-inspiring mountains can now take advantage of several summer hotel packages encompassing outdoor adventure excursions. Hilton hotels in Ras Al Khaimah including the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa are currently offering guests 30 per cent off room rates when booked before September 4, 2016. The five-star Banyan Tree Al Wadi’s Weekend Escapade package provides guests with complimentary buffet breakfast, access to the Kid Clubs and complimentary mini-bar, when a minimum stay of two consecutive nights are booked. Additionally, the Cove Rotana is offering up to 30 per cent discount on room rates until September 3, 2016. More information can be found at the properties’ respective websites.
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