23rd August 2014 – Ras Al Khaima, United Arab Emirates
The bedouins now drove lancers and lexus, and anything new. The camels gladly watch them go through a range. In a land that keeps metamorphosising constantly, Its only the solitary desert that doesn’t change.
I met with another friend from Kerala today, and all 3 of us headed out to see the Jabal Al Jais mountains in Ras Al Khaima.
Roughly 170 KMs from Dubai, this is a high-altitude place, where the temperature can drop down to the 19-20 range. Given that the temperature for the day was 41 C, it wasn’t surprising that we were not the only people heading this way on a weekend.
The 170 KMs was a breeze, what with the 8-lane highways criss-crossing through the country. We cruised at 120/HR, and we were at Jabal Al Jais in less than 2 hours. Google maps does deserve a little bit of the credit here, for guiding us through a large part of the trip. But when we came to Jabal Al Jais, there was one thing we were not prepared for. The last 4 KMs of the journey, were pure off-road conditions. We were in a sedan, and in no way fit for climbing up that hill.
So, we settled at the base of the Jabal, and clicked a lot of pictures.