posted on 14/01/2010: 6588 views
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, on Wednesday inspected the construction works of the 36km long road to the top of Jebel Jais mountain — the highest point in the UAE.
Sheikh Saud reviewed the progress of the ambitious infrastructure project which would make the 1,950-metre high Jebel Jais peak accessible by road and opens up enormous possibilities for tourism development in the area.
He was briefed about the work progress by the officials of the Ras Al Khaimah Public Works and Services Department.
Abdulla Yousuf, Head of the RAK Public Works and Services Department, said the road has now reached an elevation of 1,300 metres and the work is currently in progress at the 30km mark. Asphalting has been completed over a 14.5km stretch and the road work is expected to be complete by February 2011. It will be open to public only after full completion of work.
The road starts from the Wadi Al Beah area near the foot of the mountain cluster and winds its way up to the top of Jebel Jais in a 36km long stretch.
The project is part of the development master plan which seeks to develop and connect the emirate's natural assets and explore the untapped tourism potential of the Jebel Jais mountains.
The mountain had witnessed heavy snowfall last year when night temperatures dropped to as low as -3ºC on the top. The mountain peak usually has a temperature gradient of 10-13ºC. – Khaleej Times
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