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Jabal An-Nabī Shuʿayb (Arabic: جَبَل ٱلنَّبِي شُعَيْب‎, lit. 'Mountain of the Prophet Shuaib') is a mountain of the Haraz subrange of the Sarawat, located in Sana'a Governorate, Yemen. It is the highest mountain of the country and the Arabian Peninsula.[2][3] It is one of the most prominent peaks in the world and the third most prominent peak in the Middle East.

Jabal An-Nabi Shu'aib
Jabal An-Nabi Shu'aib is located in Yemen
Jabal An-Nabi Shu'aib
Jabal An-Nabi Shu'aib
Location of Jabal an-Nabi Shu'aib in Yemen
Highest point
Elevation3,666 m (12,028 ft) [1]
Prominence3,326 m (10,912 ft) [1]
Ranked 62nd
Isolation554 kilometres (344 mi)
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates15°16′45″N 43°58′33″E / 15.27917°N 43.97583°E / 15.27917; 43.97583Coordinates: 15°16′45″N 43°58′33″E / 15.27917°N 43.97583°E / 15.27917; 43.97583[1]
Native nameجَبَل ٱلنَّبِي شُعَيْب (in Arabic)
LocationSana'a Governorate, Yemen
Parent rangeSarawat Mountains


Its elevation is often reported to be 3,760 metres (12,340 feet), but this is not supported by SRTM data or more recent cartographic sources.[4] The height of the mountain is 3,666 metres (12,028 ft), and is located near the Yemeni capital city of Sana'a. Yemen's second highest peak, Jabal Tiyal, is nearly equidistant from the capital as Jabal an-Nabi Shu'aib is. The mountain may seem like a rocky knoll from observation center like the Sana'a-Al Hudayda highway, but from its western face it is a massive mountain rising from about 1,500–1,600 m (4,900–5,200 ft). This side of the mountain halts clouds burdened with precipitation, causing that side to be relatively fertile. Atop the mountain is a military post with a radar and the shrine of the Islamic Nabī (Prophet) Shu'ayb.[2][3] It is relatively difficult to be allowed to its summit, but restrictions have eased as of late.[clarification needed] Although the summit is not snow-capped like its counterparts in northern Lebanon and Syria, there have been reports of snow on the peak and frost in the winter. Wind speeds are very high at the summit.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c "Arabian peninsula and Middle East" Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  2. ^ a b Robert D. Burrowes (2010). Historical Dictionary of Yemen. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 5–340. ISBN 0-8108-5528-3.
  3. ^ a b McLaughlin, Daniel (2008). "1: Background". Yemen. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-8416-2212-5.
  4. ^ Map at Retrieved 2011-11-20

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