If you weren’t prepared to dodge the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2016 road closures this weekend, read ahead for more possible disruption to your travels this Friday.
The Jumeirah Beach area will experience another spectacle, this time in the form of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon.
Those taking part will do a three-lap course of running on Jumeirah Public Beach as well as a lap swimming and cycling respectively, all in all there are eight hours to get the job done. Cut off time in the water is 90 minutes and the swim/bike challenge limit is five hours and 30 minutes.
First up, the 1.9km swim course will be taking place on the Umm Suqeim Park end of the beach, kicking off at 7am. The area opens up to those taking parts at 5am and with the average completion time being six hours, finishing line celebrations can be expected 9am-3pm.
Professional Podium Awards take place 12pm on Jumeirah Beach and an expo takes place in the same location 9am-5pm. More accolades will be handed out at 7.30pm that night at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
On their feet, participants will tackle 21.1km – with a 10m altitude difference – getting an unobstructed views of the water and golden sands as they do three 7km laps.
The running aspect of Ironman is bound to affect those heading to the area for a sunbathing session on January 29, but will also provide the opportunity for residents and visitors to be spectators of the annual occasion.
But it’s when the athletes gets On their bikes that the wider area of Dubai may be affected; the route will cut across Sheikh Zayed Road, AL Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road and it heads into the Arabian Dunes.
Spanning over 90km, there’s a 220m altitude difference, with aid stations pitched throughout stretch as they leave the city. Athletes will be hoping it’s not a windy day when it all kicks off this weekend.
It’s a big occasion for the athletes as 30 qualifying spots for the World Championship in Australia will be offered.