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From converted camel tracks to safe-cycling autodromes and dedicated clubs, cyclists know that jumping on a bike is the perfect way to get to know the ever-changing face of Dubai. With great weather from October to May, cyclists are drawn to the city’s varied terrains and international events. The emirate is now a destination for cyclists from around the world. Check out a few of Dubai’s greatest cycling experiences.
Nad Al Sheba’s cycle path is a converted camel track, located near Meydan racecourse, which offers brilliant views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. There are three different loops - 4km, 6km and 8km - plus lockers, air-conditioned changing rooms and shower facilities. The course is even lit for night riding. If you want to bring along the kids, there’s a children’s course, complete with street signs, speed bumps and roundabouts to teach young riders about bicycle and road safety.
Nad Al Sheba Park, Nad Al Sheba 1
These two cycling paths are perfect for middle- to long-distance riders. If you want something short, try the 18km path. If you prefer a longer ride, the 50km loop is the one for you. It opens up both the breathtaking landscape of the sand dunes as well as the five-star Bab Al Shams resort, where you can stop off for refreshments en route. The best part? You can easily hire a bike right by the Al Qudra cycle path from Trek Bikes.
Al Qudra Cycle Track, Al Qudra Road, Dubai
Take in the scenic surrounds of Hatta, a mountain exclave of Dubai, where rocky outcrops and heightened challenges await. There’s a dedicated 52km mountain biking trail to tackle here, with four different levels to consider based on your skills and abilities. The Hatta MTB centre for bike hires and to pick up other essentials such as helmets, as well as elbow and knee guards. The helpful guides will also be able to recommend the best routes for maximum exhilaration for both the young and young at heart.
Hatta, Dubai-Hatta Road
+971 800 637227
The Autodrome – also a world-class motorsport and entertainment facility - offers a closed 2.46km circuit that’s perfect for beginners or those getting back on the saddle after a break from cycling. There’s no need to book – just show up and start pedalling. Alternatively, head to the weekly event held on Wednesday nights under floodlights by Activelife Daman. Helmets are compulsory.
Dubai Autodrome, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Motor City
+971 4 806 2220
Both Al Barsha Park and Mushrif Park have excellent dedicated cycleways that are accessible while the parks are open (daily 8am to 10pm; Mushrif Park stays open to 11pm Thurs – Sat). Dubai Canal, which recently added 6.4km of waterfront to the emirate, also has as an enticing 12km cycling track that’s definitely worth checking out.
Various locations, including Jumeirah Beach
Want to chart your own course? Get the best advice and rent high quality bicycles and accessories at the popular Wolfi’s Bike Shop along Sheikh Zayed Road. Wolfi’s also hosts regular community rides across the city. Want to combine sight-seeing and cycling? There are short-term rental stations dotted around the emirate. Bike-sharing facility, Byky, allows you to rent a bike for up to 24 hours and even offers family fun bikes, go-karts and tricycles that can be used to zip around and explore districts such as Dubai Marina, Downtown and Palm Jumeirah.
Various locations, including Wolfi’s Bike Shop
+971 4 888 8888
Take a break from all the action to witness the masters at the nation’s premier cycling event, the UAE Tour (theuaetour.com). Taking place in early March, the event sees the best from around the world traverse the seven emirates for a chance at the title. Under the Cycle Challenge Dubai (cyclechallenge.ae) umbrella is Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge. This is the largest cycling event in the Middle East, attracting nearly 2,000 riders in past events. As the title suggests, it stretches over 92km and has lots of different categories including an Under-16 and a corporate challenge option.
Want to go off the beaten path and discover a few of the city’s hidden routes? Join a local cycling group and head out with local. Dubai Roadsters was one the first cycling clubs in the city and organises lots of rides throughout the year for cyclists of varying competencies. Also try Velo Vixens – a ladies-only group and Cycle Safe Dubai, which organises fun weekend rides.
Various locations, including Dubai Roadsters along Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 339 4453
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