Jebel Jais Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

16.7 mi
4,509 ft
5.1 %


Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Switzerland


Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in the UAE and is the highest point one can ride on a bike in this region.  Ride from 315 meters to the finish at the Jebel Jais viewing deck at elevation 1,346 meters.  This climb includes giant hairpin turns and the longest zip line in the world at the finish. 
The average grade of the Jebel Jais bike climb is 5.3% and there is 0 descent on the route.  Only 2% of the ascent is at  ≥10% grade, while 62% is at 5-10%.  The steepest 500 meter segment is 9.4%, and the steepest continuous five kilometers are 6.2%.  

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Roadway:  Fully paved and the road quality only increases as you climb. Parts of the roadway on the ascent are two lanes in our direction and a shoulder to ride in as well.  

Traffic:  This is a tourist route, so the road is much busier on days off from work.  There is minimal truck traffic. 

Parking:  There are spots along the shoulder to park your car or at the first roadblock well up the mountain which is five kilometers from the top. 

Summit:   A couple of kilometers before the summit there’s a roadblock. Only pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers that are permit holders may continue to the summit - the point where the worlds longest zip line is located. About 500 meters before getting to the zip line station there is a big parking lot. You have to turn left there. 
Provisions:  For a great meal and excellent view as you relax after your climb, consider the 1484 by Puro 2.3 kilometers from the finish - Route Map;  Google Map + Reviews.
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
Be sure to pay attention and stop at the Viewpoints along this wonderful bike climb.  There are 8 viewpoints before the finish which offer excellent views of the mountains and some include the valley below.  Some of the viewpoints have observation decks.  

The longest zipline in the world is located just before the finish of the climb - you can add to the most epic bike climb in the UAE by bringing a cable and lock for you bike and doing the Zip Line before descending back to the start - Google Map + Reviews. Also, do not miss the extraordinary views from the observation deck at the finish of the climb - Google Map + Reviews. 



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Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - bike parked on shoulder of highway against cement retaining wall, desert mountain landscape

Cycling the mighty Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Ride 19.6 kilometers gaining 1,031’ to 1,346m at 5.3%average grade.

Before heading to the Middle East on your epic cycling adventure, be sure to rely on our list of Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip, and use our interactive checklist to ensure you don't forget anything.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - photo collage, flag for UAE, road sign pointing toward Jebel Jais, bike parked on shoulder of roadway next to signs for steep grade, road carved into mountainside, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

A very long ascent with no break -- 0 descent.

Jebel Jais is a mountain in the North-Western Hajar mountain range in Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the UAE.  At 2020 meters, Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in all of the United Arab Emirates.  However, please note that while the southern base and all of the Jebel Jais bike climb is in UAE, the peak of the mountain is in Oman, 3.7 kilometers as the crow flies from the finish of our route.  The Jebel Jais road bike climb is the highest paved road in the UAE and is the highest point that can be ridden by bike.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - fork in highway with road sign pointing right toward Jebel Jais

No doubt about where we are going . .  

Jebel Jais is located in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.  Ras Al Khaimah is an adventure seeker’s paradise.  There is no shortage of thrill seeking and outdoor activities in the area.  In addition to cycling, the area is also home to the world’s longest zip line (more on that below).  “This northern emirate is includes towering mountain landscapes and weaving coastal and inland mangrove stretches that make for a variety of playgrounds for adventure lovers, making Ras Al Khaimah firmly established as the adventure emirate of the United Arab Emirates. For those who are satisfied with the thrills of the mind – and figurative time travel – Ras Al Khaimah is also an illustrious center with 7,000 years of cultural treasures and historic finds.”  Visit the Jebel Jais, UAE website for more information.  

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - photo collage, panoramic view shows hairpins snaking up mountainside, aerial views show hairpins carved into side of mountain, bike parked against low retaining wall on roadside, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

Many magnificent giant hairpins on our climb.

The road was finished in 2017 and is in perfect shape. The climb itself is moderately difficult and would be an excellent Everesting venue as it is nearly continuously 5-6% for a full 20 kilometers.  

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - pristine highway roadway cut into gorge in mountains, tall, craggy, brown rocky mountain sides on both side, road sign warns of goats crossing, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner 

Part of the climb is through a gorge.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - bike parked on side of pristine highway, road snaking up mountainside into clouds

You may ride into the clouds on your way up to the highest paved finish in UAE.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - photo collage,  bike parked against low retaining wall on side of pristine roadway, road continues toward top of mountain, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner

One last push -- final stretch is seen in middle right of photo.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - bike parked on roadside on side of mountain, flag for the United Arab Emirates waves on roadside next to road signs warning of steep grade 

Flag of the United Arab Emirates.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - observation deck at top of climb

Jebel Jais Viewpoint at the end of the climb.

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - zipline down mountainside, longest zipline in the world

Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - zip line can be seen traversing gorge down the mountainside, longest zip line in the world


Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - PJAMM Cyclist stands with bike near retaining wall on mountainside

Thank you Ard!!

The mountain is also home to the longest zipline in the world.  At just under 3km (almost 2 miles!), the Jebel Jais zip line is certified by Guinness World Records to be the longest in the world.  On this thrilling ride through the sky, you’ll travel at over 120kph (about 75 mph).  Learn more about this one-of-a-kind way to experience the mountain here.

Jebel Jais made its professional cycling debut on March 1, 2019 when it was the Stage 6 finish of the 2019 UAE Tour, the third tour of 2019 for the UCI World Tour.  Those who have participated in this race are a who’s who of professional cycling:


General classification

Points classification

Sprints classification

Young rider classification


Slovenia Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma)

Italy Elia Viviani (Deceuninck–Quick-Step)

not awarded

France David Gaudu (Groupama–FDJ)


United Kingdom Adam Yates (Mitchelton–Scott)

Australia Caleb Ewan (Lotto–Soudal)

Serbia Veljko Stojnić (Vini Zabù–KTM)

Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)


Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

Netherlands David Dekker (Team Jumbo–Visma)

France Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroën Team)

Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)


Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

Belgium Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin–Fenix)

Russia Dmitry Strakhov (Gazprom–RusVelo)

Slovenia Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates

Wikipedia - UAE Tour

Primož Roglič wins UAE Tour stage 6 March 1, 2019.

Photo:  Cycling News.

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