Wadi Driving

We're celebrating a long weekend in the United Arab Emirates.  Today is a religious non-working holiday, Prophet Mohammed's birthday. It's going to be a long weekend.  For those stuck at home craving for adventure with no idea how to spend their Friday tomorrow, try Wadi Driving.

Wadi is an Arabic term, meaning valley. Wadi is a dry riverbed that becomes a stream during heavy rainsJanuary is the best time to try off-road driving.  Explore the rocky paths in between large boulders and mountains during cold season  in a big group of 4X4s.  We drove close to the UAE-Oman border.

Jabal Yibir is the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. According to Wiki it is 1527 m (5,010 ft) high. Contrary to popular belief - No, Jabal Hafeet in Al Ain is not the tallest one. 

Peak of Jabal Yibir
View from the Peak
I can't help but wonder how those people across the mountain travel to get home. On foot? What about groceries? The land is too dry and barren for farming.

If you're feeling more adventurous, I found a Youtube video that I'd like to share with you of a steep and dangerous descent from Jebel Yibir posted by Les Winter.

An adventure in the wilderness is incomplete without a short picnic. 

 Have a beautiful weekend!

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  1. It's really a beautiful place but I wouldn't want to get loss there, so sad and dangerous.
    Have a great Weekend ArnI.

  2. Great pictures - a reliable vehicle is definitely a must! Thank you very much for your comments on my Dubai posts and lovely to see that you are my new follower.

  3. Looks like an interesting drive! I'm wondering how many cars get flat tires, though!

  4. The landscape is so beautiful and different from Australia's!

  5. That sounds like a fun activity for the weekend!

    The landscape kind of reminds me to the south of Tenerife when it hasn't rained for months. It looks equally dry, but on a small scale!


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