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near As Sūr, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)
4x4 with 4Low gear is required.
A very rewarding off-road mountain climb near RAK. The view is spectacular and the drive is fun (if you enjoy off-roading).
Mostly the climb is only wide enough for one car at a time, but there are some wider passing spots. Allow 1.5 hrs from the highway but it could be longer if you have to wait for convoys or if your engine overheats.
The top is becoming more and more developed so visit soon and please clean up after yourself.
This track has recently been damaged so I’d rate it moderate-difficult. It’s a steep, slow climb, so make sure your car’s filters are clean and the fluids are topped up. (NB: never open your radiator/coolant cap when the engine is hot - be sure to top up before the drive)
We didn’t need to stop in June but your transmission or engine may overheat and need time to cool down before continuing.
- Dropping tyre pressure to 80% is highly recommended after leaving the sealed tarmac.
- 4-Low gear is essential for safety.
- Can be done as a single car, but off-roading is always safer and more fun in a convoy.
- No mobile service for much of this drive.