Life is always a fun and blessing if you love something with purpose. I love the nature and my life is a realtime blessing and fun. Last Saturday, our dream came true and we managed hiking Jebel Hafeeth. Jebel Hafeeth’s summit is 1200 meters above the sea level. The mountain has a good road to access the summit and sophisticated infrastructure is provided.
My Interest was not only to see the Mountain and Reach the Summit but the Biodiversity and Landscape
The mountain is the hotspot of the unique biodiversity, flora and fauna of the region. I wished to see the biodiversity as much as possible and decided to hike while walking and exploring the treasures of biodiversity. My two sons, Haris and Uzair accompanied me and helped me a lot especially in filming and carrying the luggage with me.
We Found Jebel Haffet the Treasure of Flora
About 118 species of plants are documented in the mountainous region of Jebel Hafeeth, some are only found in this mountain but no where elese in the world. Our main iterest was to see the plants and animals, make some pictures/video and study them according to our capacity. We found very unique plants here which I have never seen before in my all travels and journies. In the following, I shall share some pictures with you.
A flora with very beautiful flowers, unique aroma and pods of seeds. The plants is leguminous in nature and very hard to survive in dry conditions. Issumed as member of Brassica family
Looks like Fountain grass but it is a very reselient, hard and adapted bush of the desert. In the plain lands/desert it is surviving in very challenging conditions and provide food to the livestock and wild animals. The camels love this plant.
Haloxylong, an importan species of the flora in the region and beyond. This plant has very high herbal and feeding value. One of the rich sources of salts for the livestock in the desert and other dry regions. There are many types of Haloxylon, 2 types found in the UAE.
A thorny beautiful bush of the mountain with beautiful and attractive flowers. The bark of the plants is witish tan and there are long spines. I found many flies around the flowers and a moth as well. If some one knows more and better about the plant, please respond.
The flowers are very resemble to the Ocra flowers but the plant is entirely different. I could not conclude any idea about the plant. The flowers are so charming and attractive. I hope someone from the nature lovers and ecologist will respond. In my view it looks like Fallugia sp.
Beautiful hardy flora with larger leaves give an attraction to the rocks of the Jebel Hafeet. This plant is also unique and found in the dry mountain Al Hijar. Further information are required.
A tall but attractive bush sprouted in the rock. Again, the information are very rare and limited.
Very much resemble to the Ragweed but need further clarificaiton and details. A beatiful bush.
A beautiful spiny leaf bush with yellow flowers. The natural resources here are conserved and protected so very hard to predict if what species of livestock has consumed it.
Some Woody Flora
There are some woody vegetation as well, mainly Acacia, Zizyphus and some others. Need further work to expolore the wood genetics of the region.
Come and See the Rock with Us
The rock of the mountain is predominently sedimentry. You can see many broken and rolledout rocks anywhere in the mountain. You will enjoy seeing the mamut stones giving the sense of hardiness.
Orchard Farming and Infrastructure
The road is extended to the summit of the mountain, ranging to 12 km. The infrastructure is well establish with all faciliites like parkings on different heights, lighting in the night, and so many other facilities.
I found one thing very important and interesting but new, the orchard of the Fig, Pomegranate and Jamon. The plants are very healthy, connected with the water pipeline, with the motors running with the solar penals.
We met a Hiker from Canada
A hiker friend was there asking about the hiking route. We had a very good chat. He told us about his hiking story of Jebel Jaish. Life is very precious and beautiful and make it possible to connect you with the different corners of the world. Lets love our life and our mother earth.
The Birds we Saw
Yes, we saw the birds though some from distance on the rocks and in the air. I hereby share the pictures of sand petridge, Egyptian volture, and sparrows.
The Sad Message and Thing Needs to be done?
Life and nature are very beautiful. We must be very grateful for each moment we live and spending time on the earth. Sometimes you see the painful facts in the life, really painful and disturbing. One thing which make me very upset is the litter or waste thrown without any purpose just to make our Mother Earth dirty and unhealthy.
The gohome message is to raise awareness about the cleaning and caring the mother earth. Please help me in spreading my message ‘KEEP THE MOTHER EARTH HEALTHY AND CLEAN’.
2 thoughts on “Bio-Treasures of the Jebel Hafeeth in Alain, UAE and Hiking EthnoEcologically”
A very interesting post, especially for anyone interested in Nature in the true sense; there are unusual desert plants, loved by the camels, the birds of the desert, the magnificent rocks and, a climbing route that will bring you closer to the sky.
As always, Dr. Raziq’s narrative is passionate about protecting Mother Earth, as it is the only one we have.
It would be fatal to cut the branch that we are sitting on.
Thanks very much for your interest and appreciation. Mother Earth has the due rights on use to keep cleaner and healthier. Our life, nature, croplands, beautiful ecosystems are all provided by the mother earth.