The entrance to the hotel at the summit of Jebel Hafeet ('jebel' or 'jabal' means mountain in Arabic).
The view from the hotel pool area. The roller coaster track goes out over a sheer drop so its not surprising that it didn't get much use.
Our room was incredibly noisy as it was directly under the nightclub. This is Colin stacking some z's by the pool on Friday morning following our involuntary night on Disco Island.
View from the road up Jebel Hafeet which rises just over 1,000 metres.
Sheikh Kalifa's weekend bach on the cliff next to the hotel. That's a 'summer house' on the right and in the middle, what appears to be a water slide.
The sheikh's summer house and the view beyond.
From the top of Jebel Hafeet looking over the plain and into Oman beyond. A lovely view at night with the lights twinkling in the distance.
The entrance to the Sheikh Kalifa's weekend bach and the plain beyond.
The staff quarters still under construction and the drive way with its arches leading up to the main house.
From the top of Jebel Hafeet. We're right up in the clouds.
From the top of Jebel Hafeet.
This isn't taken from a plane, or a balloon, its taken from the road up the side of the mountain - it's a bloody long way down!
Looking back at the sheikh's place.
'Writing is strictly forbidden' which I guess means graffitti.
View down to the plains from the mountain. Somewhere on the road running through the middle of the picture is the border with Oman.
Part of the road up the mountain in the foreground. Lots of switchbacks. Mad people cycle (and I mean pushbike type cyling) up there. There's a former French foreign legion guy who does the ride every day just to keep in shape.........
Down on the plain in Al Ain. This huge house remains unfinished, as there was some political infighting. It even has its own mosque.
Just one of the gates into the house.
From a distance, the place is huge even by UAE standards.
Close up of one of the gates.
The fence, which is a work of art in its own right. Gives you an idea of the sheer scale of the place.
Across the road from the huge house is the desert(and lots of power lines). There are some camels out there on the left.
Good taste took a holiday when this place was painted. What colour blind numbat thought this was a good idea? There's no rational reason to paint a house this colour. It's a confection, it's an assault on the eyes, it's an Arabic Barbie house!
The gates to the Barbie house.
Even the inlay bricks in the walls are pink. What was the designer on? Or maybe they should be told that the customer *isn't* always right.