Put the pedal to the metal for a bike based workout
Last year the RTA announced the completion of 104km of cycling track in various parts of Dubai as part of the Dubai Bicycle Master Plan, which means there are plenty of safe routes for cyclists to use as well as parks and domes.
Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park This former camel racing track now offers 8km, 6km and 4km rides, all of which are floodlit. The track is 13.35km and has changing rooms and toilets. There is also a special cycling course just for kids. Free. 24 hour access. Nad Al Sheba, near Al Meydan Road (no number).
Al Barsha Pond Park This family park provides a safe place for beginners and children to test their wheels. The cycling track is 1,500m long. Free. Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11.30pm. Al Barsha, behind Emirates NBD Bank (no number).
Dubai Autodrome This is a purpose-built car circuit, but on Wednesday nights the two wheelers take over, between 6-9pm, on the 2km+ loop. Free access to cyclists on Wednesdays, 6-9pm, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Al Mushrif Park This spot has a 5km cycle track that loops around the outside of the park, with only two road crossings. The track winds its way around the sandy dunes of the park so it’s a good opportunity to try out your gears. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one by the hour. Entrance fee Dhs3 per person or Dhs10 per car. Open daily 8am-11pm. Al Khawaneej Road, Mirdif, www.dm.gov.ae (04 288 3624).
Al Qudra Cycle Path Take advantage of 86km of smooth track, running along the desert dunes and past a variety of wildlife (if you’re lucky). The first part of the track runs for 18km before giving those with the lungs for long-distance cycling the chance to take on the further 50km of the second track. Free, 24 hour access, Al Qudra Road (no number).
Jumeirah Open Beach A 1.5km path runs from Open Beach (opposite the Jumeirah Mosque) to Al Mankhool Road. Over the next 12 months, the new Jumeirah Corniche Project will get underway to connect six beachfront residential areas and see the current track extended to 14km. Free. 24-hour access. Next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (no number).
Jumeirah Beach Road This 14km cycle path runs almost the full length of one of Dubai’s oldest strips, making it among the most accessible functional tracks in the city. Nearby residents can ditch their cars and run their errands by bike. The track is all on the pavement, so watch out for passing pedestrians. Free. 24 hour access. Jumeirah Beach Road (no number).
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Kat Feb 08, 2014 06:48 am
Great outlining of the cycle tracks. I'm pretty familiar with them, but this is not Nad al Sheba cycling park. This is another picture of Jumeirah Beach. Nad al Sheba also doesn't really have changing facilities, there is a toilet, but there are very modest facilities available.