UAE’s top cycling spots
The weather is decidedly getting better! It’s time to bring out your bicycles and ride away! If you are a new cycling enthusiast and looking for that perfect cycling track, then here are SIX spots that you will definitely want to check out!
Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
Nad Al Sheba offers cycling tracks of various lengths – you can opt for a 8km, 6km or even a beginner’s 4km ride to get you started. What’s more – you can even ride at nights – this track is very well lit up and you can even catch a glimpse of the towering burj Khalifa as you cycle around.
Al Qudra, Dubai
Did you know that Al Qudra is one of the world’s biggest designated cycling tracks and one of the most popular in the UAE? There are two main trails to choose from – an 18km track that runs alongside the northern section of Al Qudra Road in Dubai, and a 50km loop that runs through rolling sand dunes and past Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa (where you can stop for a breather and a coffee). There are changing rooms, a cafe and a bicycle rental shop near the start of the route, but be aware that there’s little in the way of facilities along most of the route, so take plenty of water and snacks.
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
If you live in Abu Dhabi, then you absolute must head down to Yas Marina – whether you are a beginner or a professional. This is where you get to cycle around a Formula One track, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit. You can share the track with runners and walkers – making it a very sociable event. In case you have turned up without the right shoes, helmets or even a bike, well, you can easily rent it here!
Dubai’s famous sporting avenue, the Autodrome attracts all kinds of cyclists – kids and adults alike! It is not uncommon to see kids on tricycles or professionals on superfast bikes here. O f course, here you will share the track with a variety of enthusiasts either running, walking, rollerblading – but there is a place for everyone here. Entry is free. Just turn up with your bicycle and helmet.
Mushrif Park, Dubai
One of the oldest parks in the Emirates, Mushrif’s desert-like expanse, covers about 1,300 acres. A 5km-long dedicated cycling track loops around its edge, and the route takes you through undulating dunes, making it a slightly more dynamic, challenging ride than you might find elsewhere. It’s a two-lane track, with a super-smooth asphalt surface, and each lane is 1.5 metres wide. The park stays open until 11pm and admission costs Dh5.
Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre
In UAE, the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre is the best options for some serious biking. It is hugely popular with mountain bikers for its sheer challenge. This 14km of multiple cross-country routes of various grades, caters to every ability – beginners to pro riders. The trails are split into different categories – green for beginners, blue for intermediate riders, red for experienced bikers, and black for very skilled riders. The centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it’s free to ride.