Jabal Al Jais


Photo Spot Summary

Country: United Arab Emirates

Category: Landscape

City: Ras Al Khaimah

GPS Latitude: 25.943693

GPS Longitude: 56.140377


15 Minute drive from the northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah which itself is approximately an hour and a half from Dubai. The climb itself to the peak takes approximately 45 minutes. Can be done with a good mid range sedan and some careful driving.

Photo Spot Details

Endless snaking roads and hairpin turns await the avid driver on this mountain peak. It is the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates at 1900m. There are routine stops along the way with rest stops. The views are humbling from so high and one has to be careful as it is still under construction and the borders are not quite complete. A good heavy weighted down tripod is essential as it can get quite windy at those heights. An ultra wide angle with anti haze filters is a must to take in the vast expense of roads and rocky mountains. The best time to capture the color variations of the sand blasted hills and the reddish soil is during sunset. There are no lights yet so its best to drive down as soon as the sun has almost set.

Canon EOS EF-M 22mm f2 STM @ 22mm, ISO 100, 1/30s, f10
Canon 60D 70-200mm f4L @ 70mm, ISO 250, 1/500s, f11
Canon EOS EF-M 22mm f2 STM @ 22mm, ISO 100, 1/30s, f10

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