Jabal Hafit National Park
What is it?
Jabal Hafit is Abu Dhabi’s highest peak and the UAE’s second highest peak, standing tall at 1,240 metres. It is home to some of the world’s most threatened wildlife and the UAE’s rarest plants. It is also where more than 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in its foothills, marking the start of the Bronze Age in the UAE.
What is there to see/do?
Not only are there stunning views over the rocky mountain terrain, as well as winding roads, but visitors can see a cornucopia of wildlife. Jabal Hafit is also the only place where the Dwarf Palm is found, one of the rarest plants in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian Caracal was recently sighted in the area for the first time in 35 years. The National Park also hosts globally threatened species such as the Blandford’s Fox, Brandt’s Hedgehog, Arabian Tahr and the only concentration of the globally threatened Egyptian Vulture in the UAE.
When is it open?
Visiting during the day is recommended to fully take in the picturesque rocky mountain terrain.
How much does it cost to get in? Free.
Private operators run paid tours of the area out of the Mercure Jabal Hafit hotel
How can I get there?
Jabal Hafit is on the very edge of Abu Dhabi's southern border with Oman – near the green city of Al Ain. To get there from Abu Dhabi's city centre, head for the E22 Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road.
Is it family-friendly?
The views are stunning and children can look for wildlife as well as several plant and insect species. At the top, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of Al Ain, where you can take a break at the Mercure Jabal Hafit hotel.