The best clubs
If you don’t want to run alone, join one of the fun and friendly running groups in Dubai. The Desert Road Runners, Dubai’s oldest running club (founded in 1989), meets six nights a week (not Wednesday) in various locations as they prepare for various events throughout the region. The Dubai Creek Striders are the largest running group in Dubai and meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at Al Barsha Pond Park or the World Trade Centre. Benefits are the specially chosen scenic routes and groups to suit every pace.
If your focus is endurance running, try Super Sports ABRaS Athletics, meeting Monday and Wednesday nights, but expect to be tested! This club has many of the UAE’s top distance runners.
Some of the fastest-growing run clubs in the region are the ones initiated by sportswear brands such as the Nike Run Club or Adidas Runners. The Nike Run Club is a well-established group, with a large UAE following, and has even seen the likes Olympic star Mo Farah join in for a casual run. The Adidas Runners community is a tight-knit group, led by five-time Guinness World Record holder Lee Ryan. Launched in October 2016, the group has grown quickly to offer weekly social runs, sprints and yoga sessions, and the occasional destination run followed by a meal. Both groups are free to join and open to residents and tourists alike.