Loosen the Throttle: Best Roads in the UAE
UAE is known around the world for a variety of reasons, some of them being its oil trade, cars, along with housing some of the most opulent people in the world. Citizens in UAE love to splurge on cars, as is evident by the cars around the country. Such is the love for cars that not only citizens but the police of these emirates have exotic cars; because to catch fast cars, you need fast cars too. Such is the availability of supercars that UAE has become a heaven for motorheads from around the world. But what fun would be to own a supercar that can drive at insane speeds; and have to only drive their beasts of a car at slow or average speeds?
A lot of people don’t know that UAE isn’t home to only supercars, and has a plethora of best driving roads as compared to the rest of the world. With coastal areas, wild deserts, high mountains, driving in UAE is an experience nobody forgets about! Filled with scenic views of the UAE’s landscapes, these roads will make the car lover within you come out!
Now, let’s see some of the best driving roads in the UAE:
Jebel al Jais, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
Jebel Al Jais is known to be the highest mountain of the UAE and is situated on the Oman- UAE Border. The mountain has a height of 6,268 feet high and is a part of the Hajar Mountain range. Complete with a rugged and rocky terrain, sweeping corners, and sharp hairpins, the Jebel al Jais is known as the best driving road in the UAE.
This road gets a lot of crowd from Dubai, which is just one hour away from the mountains. The mountain feels exotic and is set amongst rural area. However, the smooth tarmac roads found twisting around the Jebel al Jais are a beauty to behold. Built with utmost care, the cars are what drivers crave for. With stunning views, the experience for the drivers who come here is of pure bliss.
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain
Although Jebel Hafeet isn’t as tall as Jebel al Jais, it is definitely UAE’s most famous mountain! The mountain is around 170 km away from the Abu Dhabi and is situated in Al Ain. The roads in the region were built first around 1986; and since then, the Jebel Hafeet has been attracting tourists and drivers who come here to look for the beauty this place offers. The beautiful asphalt road in the area is around 12 km long and have around 60 corners. The twisting roads along the drive up the steep rocks to the summit is what makes it an exhilarating experience.
Known around the world for its affinity towards tourists, Jebel Hafeet is filled with visitors on weekends. Although to get the best wind of the location and its roads, the best time to visit would be during the weekdays; when the traffic is not as much and you can drive uninterrupted.
Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta
If curious about UAE culture, a person should consider the prospect of visiting Hatta, which is brimming with the local culture of the UAE. The place is not only known for its culture, however, and the roads present will thrill the car enthusiasts. Just past the Hatta Fort Hotel, there is a short yet thrilling road that any person would love to drive around.
The 10 km long road is not to be considered easy though, as its deadly curves, surprising steep inclines, and dips, as well as blind corners; will keep the most experienced of drivers on their toes. Driving around here is to be done carefully; since the road is not always smooth and there are dangerous cliff edges that come out of nowhere.
Al Taween, Ras Al Khaimah(RAK)
The Al Taween isn’t known to quite a lot of people and hence, the secluded nature of this road away from the tourists all the times is what presents the best of it. The view at the top is a wide range of rugged mountains. The road is full of inclines and hence, a car that is in a good condition should be favored for driving around this road. With 30-40 degree steep inclines and hairpin cuts are what make this road a pleasant experience for drivers.
For someone visiting UAE, the Liwa Oasis is not to be missed at any cost. A drive through desert areas is a must and Liwa’s road is known to provide an experience like none other. The road runs from Liwa Oasis to Al Ain and is parallel to the UAE- Saudi Arabia Border. Situated on the edge of the great Empty Quartet desert aka Rub Al Khali, the Liwa is a vast desert area. Although not an ideal place for everyone, the area has a charm of self and is a beauty to behold. For people who would like the idea of drifting up and down the sand dunes as fun, this is an ideal place to be. For the best experiences of the road, and an off-roading vehicle would be the best bet!
One of the best best driving roads in the UAE; the drive from Fujairah to Dubai through the Kalba-Sharjah road is an exciting opportunity for a car enthusiast. Initially, the road goes straight with none of the exciting bends a driver would want to drift around. After the emirate’s industrial area ends after driving for 50 km; the simple road ends and then the rolling mountains are seen.
Just before Fayyad, there are multiple S bends that bring up the thrill in the journey and makes the experience lively. Then comes the 1.27 km long tunnel just before reaching Fujairah. The scenic beauty doesn’t end here though. The drive by the Fujairah’s coastal scenes are a beautiful sight and stretch endlessly on smooth roads.
Driving around UAE is an amazing experience, and if you want to take a car for a spin yourself, here is how you can get a car to drive around these roads.