The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon takes place on January 22, starting on Umm Suqeim Road at Madinat Jumeirah and Al Wasl Road adjacent to the Al Jalila Foundation.
Various races are to take place - a 42km, 10km and 4km run - with the marathon kicking off at 6.30am, the road race 9am and fun run at 11am.
Entertainment will be provided for spectators and those taking part, in the form of family activities and performances from live bands.
While temperatures are expected to be a glorious 16 degrees Celsius at the start and getting warmer as the day finishes up, there might be a few glitches in your day if you don’t take a few precautions.
But what other traffic routes will be affected on Friday morning and afternoon when 30,000 people are expected to turn out for the occasion?
Where to park:
Parking should be possible in the Al Barsha area around Mall of the Emirates accessible by crossing from the Dubai Metro Bridge at MOE which will lead to the back of the start lines.
Where not to park:
Don’t park on Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Sufouh Road, Madinat Jumeirah or in the Police Academy area. Traffic will be majorly congested and will obviously delay you from even getting to the start of any of the races. Adjacent to Al Soufah, the road cutting through Knowledge Village, Internet and Media City will also shut up for business.
How to get a taxi:
Al Wasl Road is hosting the pick-up and drop-off points, with extra cars available to hire in the area for the Marathon. Treat this as a bit of an airport operation as it’s recommended that cabs are booked in advance with an aim to arrive an hour and a half before the start time.
What timings are affected:
Aim to arrive earlier than your race time slot to avoid having to rush around. Road closures are expected to be in effect from 5am to 2.30pm.