Our city is now becoming far more pedestrian-friendly, thanks to new cycling paths such as the Bab Al Shams route, and new running tracks including a route under the Palm Jumeirah monorail: the great outdoors have never been more accessible. And December is prime time for getting outside. With temperatures hovering in the pleasant mid-20°Cs, there are plenty of organised activities lined up to make the most of the perfect weather: sign up now for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on Friday December 14, and Dubai Desert Road Run on Saturday 15. Even if endurance events aren’t your thing, simply going for a walk comes with a host of health benefits. Whether you prefer a stroll, a jog or some pedal-powered action, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best routes, old and new, for walking, cycling and running.

Dubai creek
Approximate length: 5km/1.5 hours.

From creekside smells to bustling souks, and heritage buildings to Dubai’s oldest pub, this short stroll takes in much of the city’s history.

1 Start at Deira City Centre metro station. Walk south down to the creek, then turn right to walk along the water’s edge. Be sure to take in the dhow wharfage on your left, which bustles with activity as boats load up and dock, just as they have done for generations.

2 Call into the Sheraton Dubai Creek (04 207 1721) for refreshments at The Chelsea Arms, which dates back to 1978 and claims to be Dubai’s oldest pub.

3 Continue along the creek, following it round until you reach the seafront and Deira Fish Market. From here, take in the view of the ocean and then turn right down a side street to enter the Gold Souk and Spice Souk.

4 Emerge at the other end of the souks on Old Bastakiya Street, at the Deira Old Souq abra station, and hop aboard a dhow to cross to the Dubai Old Souq station, on the Bur Dubai side. The trip costs Dhs1 each way, and abras run daily until about midnight.

5 From here, turn left and follow the road as it curves round, taking the first right onto Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street. Walk a short distance, and on your right you’ll see Al Fahidi Fort which houses Dubai Museum (04 353 1862). Entry is Dhs3.

6 Once you’ve toured the museum, travel east down Al Fahidi Street and enter the restored Bastakiya neighbourhood, which recreates the city’s affluent merchant district in the late 19th century.

7 Head back the way you came and turn onto Al Mankhool Road, heading south to Al Fahidi metro station, where your trip concludes.