Ras Al Khaimah - Does this mean no more Jebel Jais traffic?
Jebel Jais fans and adventurers now have good news after the road to the highest peak in the country will be made shorter and more convenient.
According to a senior official, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is to have a new strategic road that links the emirate's new ring road with Jebel Jais road, 1,950m above the sea level.
Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of the Department of Public Works and Services, said the project will decrease the load on the mountainous road.
"The Ras Al Khaimah new ring road, still under construction by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, will be connected with the road leading to the Jebel Jais peak - the highest in the country."
The new road, in pursuance of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, is much needed with the growing number of visitors to the tourist site, he added.
"More tourists and visitors, Emiratis and residents from all over the country are visiting Jebel Jais on a regular basis, particularly during weekends, holidays, and national days."
Official records show that some 13,000 vehicles have been reportedly registered at the famous tourist site of Jebel Jais in some days, he stated.
"The new road will give a significant boost to traffic flow where vehicles will have more lanes to reach the peak and back and to other adjacent tourist attractions in the emirate."
The department is all set to diversify the road options available to the visitors of the major site, particularly as the arterial road has seen a number of fatal traffic accidents recently.
"The road connection project will hopefully curb traffic congestion on the road leading to the peak of Jebel Jais," he said. "The department has set some future plans to develop the 36km mountainous road."