The UAE is set for a mega cycling tour with the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour events merging together in one huge sporting spectacle.
From 2019, the two races, which have been running individually, will join forces in a bid to attract greater numbers of sports fans.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday by Arif Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council.
Mark Cavendish, Rui Costa, Marcel Kittel and Nacer Bouhanni are among the cycle stars who have descended on the UAE for previous stagings of the races.
In future, the UAE Tour will consist of seven stages over seven days and retain its UCI World Tour status.
Abu Dhabi Sports Council general secretary Al Awani said: “It is time to elevate the success we have had from both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours to another level.
“The nature of the UAE has always been to have a united passion.
“The instructions have come from our leadership that we should utilise the success that we have got as one nation.”
It is likely the tour will be in February next year, with the exact dates still to be agreed. Watch this space.
In the meantime, here are some other cycling routes you can check out in Dubai.
Saeed Hareb added: “The Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tours were both successful, now the UAE Tour is stronger to create a bigger impact all round and provide the worldwide television audience to discover new areas and locations in the country.”