Cycle through the dunes
A short drive from central Dubai is
the Al Qudra cycling path - an 86km
track that cuts through the sandy
terrain. The main loop is 50km and
starts from Seih Al Salam, with
extensions ranging from 15-20km,
including one known as "The Stick"
running along the Al Qudra Road. The
mostly-flat track can be tackled
solo or in groups by riders from
novice to experienced. It takes 1.5-3
hours to complete, depending on
ability, according to Daniel Gellis of
bike rental facility Trek Bicycle
Store. Look forward to animal
sightings and the chance to immerse
yourself in the desert.
"There’s nothing like it,” says Gellis, “The serenity of the sand and the open air, the opportunity to see camels, oryx and other animals… With the desert backdrop, it is an experience all must try at least once."
The track is popular with professional
and amateur riders, with several
groups and cycling clubs organising
regular training and leisure rides.
Try the Cake Ride, which rewards
participants with, yes, cake after
completing the entire 50km loop in the
evening, or the Saturday Morning
Coffee which stops by Bab Al Shams for
a caffeine fix along the way.
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