Scaling New Heights: RAK Jebel Jais Road Development

26 June, 2023
By Al Marwan
Scaling New Heights: RAK Jebel Jais Road Development

In the arid landscape of the United Arab Emirates, nestled within the rugged terrain of Ras Al Khaimah, stands Jebel Jais at 1,900 meters above sea level, the country's highest peak. This feat of construction, undertaken by General Mechanic Company in collaboration with Al Marwan, aimed to conquer the challenging terrain and transform this majestic mountain into a thriving tourist destination. This article delves into the intricacies of this monumental endeavor and highlights its far-reaching impact on the region.

Project Overview

A closeup shot of Al Marwan's equipment rental fleet, notably the Ammann Pneumatic Tire Roller (PTR) at work on Jebel Jais Road

The project, commissioned by the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, involved the construction of a 36-kilometer road, ascending to the summit of Jebel Jais. Commencing in 2005 and reaching completion in 2017, this undertaking required the expertise of around 150 skilled operators who labored tirelessly to overcome the formidable obstacles presented by the mountainous terrain. In its foremost years, Al Marwan’s asphalt and road marking fleet came in to give the long and winding road its lasting finish.

Equipment Deployment

The rental fleet of Al Marwan, notably Volvo and Hino tipper trucks dropping asphalt onto Vogele asphalt-laying pavers on Jebel Jais Road

To tackle the demanding topography and ensure high-quality road construction, a wide array of cutting-edge equipment provided by Al Marwan was utilized. The deployment included Hamm and Sakai tandem rollers, Dynapac pneumatic tire rollers (PTRs), Volvo and Hino tipper trucks, Vogele and Volvo asphalt pavers, and Bobcat skid steer loaders. This robust fleet of machinery played a pivotal role in executing the meticulous layering process, involving a 15 cm sub base, 15 cm road base, and a double layer of asphalt.

Challenges and Triumphs

The asphalt and road marking operations conducted by Al Marwan's rental machinery fleet on Jebel Jais Road underway using Sakai and Hamm tandem and double drum rollers

Spanning a period of 12 years, the project encountered various challenges, including adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog, and extreme winds, which often caused rockfall on the newly laid roads. However, with the unwavering determination of the project team and meticulous engineering measures, these obstacles were successfully overcome. The completion of the road not only opened up accessibility for local quarries, villages, and private estates but also paved the way for Jebel Jais to emerge as a prominent tourist attraction in the region.

Jebel Jais: A Natural Haven

The completion of the asphalt and road marking project on Jebel Jais has had a transformative impact on the region. The enhanced road infrastructure facilitated safe and convenient travel for residents and tourists alike. Furthermore, the project's success led to the establishment of entertainment and hospitality hotspots, notably the world's longest zipline, the Jebel Jais Zipline, spanning a staggering 2.6 kilometers. The road's breathtaking scenery has also attracted auto manufacturers seeking picturesque backdrops to showcase their vehicles.

Image: Skyview of Jebel Jais Mountain, courtesy of Wikimedia Images
Image: Skyview of Jebel Jais Mountain, courtesy of Wikimedia Images

Beyond its infrastructural significance, Jebel Jais offers a respite from the scorching heat experienced elsewhere in the UAE. With temperatures approximately 10 degrees cooler at its summit, the mountain has become a refuge for those seeking solace amidst nature's grandeur. Families from across the region now flock to the mountain, relishing the opportunity to enjoy barbecues and explore its scenic trails.

The asphalt and road marking project on Jebel Jais stands as a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence in infrastructure development. Al Marwan's supply of high-quality heavy equipment proved instrumental in the project's success. Contact us today to unlock the full potential of your next venture. Together, let us shape the future of the UAE's infrastructure landscape.

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