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UAE: Experience the unique thrill of cloud chasing on mountains


Go cloud chasing in the UAE

Last weekend, a UAE resident and self-taught weather enthusiast Muhammed Sajjad, went with a group to experience a walk amidst the clouds. And he didn’t have to travel far — he just had to go to Fujairah.

He shared on his popular Instagram account, UAE Weather Man, that low-level clouds would be formed in Fujairah until Wednesday. It’s during peak summer and autumn season that low-hanging clouds are more prevalent in the Eastern region.

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Sajjad said, “It is a rare occurrence in this part of the country for clouds to be so low. Farfar Mountain is only about 600 meters high. So usually, we get clouds at the same height, and we are able to walk through it. However, on Saturday the clouds were about 400 metres high. So, it was a very unique experience.”

Walking among clouds sounds like a dream. For Sajjad, the experience is worth the early trips and sleepless nights. After leaving Fujairah on Friday, and arriving at 3 a.m., the group stayed in the mountains until 11 a.m.

“Being in between the clouds is an experience I cannot even explain,” said Sajjad. “Clouds are made of water vapors so when it touches you, it is a very cooling sensation. Temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. I think it is something you need to experience at least once in your lifetime.”

So, where should you go?

If the low clouds are in the Northern region, then Jebel Jais is the best spot to chase them. “There is also Jebel Yibr and a mountain that is locally known among explorers are Flagtop Mountain,” he said. Other places that allow cloud chasing are the Al Suhoob rest area in Khor Fakkan region is the best place to catch them.

While you can always go to the Burj Khalifa and get a chance to view the clouds from above, there’s no place like the mountains to really feel them on your skin and walk through them, just as Sajjad did.

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