Sunday, May 18, 2008

Parks in the UAE: Hafeet's no mean feat

A dusk view of Jebel Hafeet park's undulating terrain.

Jebel Hafeet is the name of a mountain overlooking Al Ain. At the base of the mountain are natural springs where hot water bubbles forth from under the ground. Around the spring you will find a large park with rivers of hot water running through and two swimming pools — one for men and one for women.
You can walk or drive up the mountain. If you feel like some exercise, there are hiking trails that go all the way up. If you are less adventurous, there is a small hill in the park that is popular with climbers and children. To reach the top quickly, it is best to hop in the car and take a spin.

At the top of Jebel Hafeet is a magnificent view that looks out over Al Ain. A small rest stop sells snacks and ice creams to munch while you are enjoying the vista.

There is a choice of camping or guesthouses in the area, so a visit to Jebel Hafeet makes a nice weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city.

A view from the top of the mountain.

Fun in The Spring

1 comment:

Zawi said...

There is so much to see in Dubai. When I stopped over for a day in Dubai circa 2002, they started greening the place. I presume much of Dubai is turfed up with green grass and trees have grown very tall. Time to visit Dubai again.