The classic mountain stage of the UAE Tour. In the first part, the route winds its way through Al Ain, of which many of its landmarks are visited (Al Ain University, Al Qattara, Al Hili), and then takes a long tour of the desert to the west until it returns to Green Mubazzarah. Here the final climb of Jebel Hafeet begins, which with its 10 km section will be the final judge of the race.
The final climb winds through wide-ranging hairpin bends on a 3-lane roadway. Gradients are mainly around 8-9% with a peak of 11%, 3 km from the finish. There is a very short descent in the last km, before the last ramp. The finish line is on straight asphalt.