|Nad Al Sheba||Al Qudra||Yas Marina Circuit|
|Dubai AutoDrome||Abu Dhabi Corniche||Mushrif Park Dubai|
|Hatta Trails||Al Whatba Cycle Park||Jebel Hafeet|
Nad Al Sheba
A Family friendly course with spectacular views of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
This once unused camel track has been converted into a top notch 8km, 6km and 4km cycling and running track. With plenty of amenities lining the track including lockers, showers, toilets and changing room. Complete with 850meter children’s proficiency course. The track has good lighting all round for night riders.
The track is located opposite The Meydan Hotel in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, and is free to visit.
Al Qudra needs no introduction. Its one of the worlds largest cycle tracks, and one of the most popular in the UAE. And its easy to see why once you get started from the green archway at the beginning of the 84km track.
There is a 18km track running alongside the northern section of Al Qudra Road in Dubai. As well as a 50KM loop running through rolling sand dunes and right by Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Coffee break anyone?
Cycling on Al Qudra your sure to spot a Arabian Onyx and a few lizards basking in the sun.
Al Qudra sports regular Kilometre marking which makes calculating distance easier for the riders. Al Qudra is a beautiful, Peaceful and secluded cycling experience. Although it is recommended to ride in pairs or groups in case you run into trouble along the way.
There is a Café and changing rooms at the start of the track, but other than that it is a pretty secluded ride so take plenty of water and snacks with you.
Yas Marina Circuit
Fancy a race around one of the worlds most beautiful Formula One tracks? Abu Dhabi’s got you covered. Every Tuesday and Sunday evening Yas Marina Circuit opens its 5.5km track to cyclists. With Pro’s, casuals and even children gathering to race around the track. With Wednesday evening being a ladies only affair.
It is a well organized affair. With runners and walkers going around the outside of the track in the opposite direction. You will need to apply for a free TrainYas to partake. And rental bikes are available.
From 6pm to 9pm Dubais AutoDrome opens its 2.4km club circuit to cyclists. You will be sharing the well lit circuit with runners, but there is ample space for everyone. With emergency medical services as well as a pit crew on permanent standby to make all goes well.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
With a dedicated cycle lane spanning 8km along Abu Dhabi’s picturesque Boardwalk, one can safely soak up the scenery on a bike. This is a perfect spot for those looking at a casual cruise or a ride with the kids. With plenty of café’s and stalls lining the track.
Mushrif Park Dubai
Located on Khawaneej Road near Mirdif, Mushrif is one of the oldest parks in the Emirates. It has a few quirky attractions, landmarks and several washroom facilities on its 1300 acres. There are several cafes where one can sit and take a break.
Its 5km track takes you through undulating dunes making it a somewhat more challenging ride than most tracks in the area. A silky smooth 2 lane asphalt ensures a pleasant ride. The track is not that well lit so lights are a recommended. when planning on a night ride here. The park stays open until 11pm and entry will cost you AED5.
Arguably one of the best options for mountain bikers in the region. Hatta mountain bike trail center boasts some stunning scenery. It offers multiple trails of varying difficulty ranging from 14-35km.
The trails are marked Green, Blue, Red and Black. With Green Being for beginners and black for the Pros. The Hatta Trail campsite itself is equipped with showers and washrooms, and cafes and a supermarket can be found at nearby Hatta village.
The Center is open 24hours and entry is free.
Al Whatba Cycle Park
A modest 20-minute drive from the Al Maqta area, the Al Wathba Cycling Track is one Abu Dhabi’s best cycling destinations. Located just off the E22 Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road, Al Wathba is suitable be both road bikes and mountain bikes.
Sporting Solar-powered streetlights and a ADNOC Oasis store. Night riding and refreshments are not a problem. The route is at its most scenic during sunrise.
You can choose to cycle the 8km, 16km, 20km, 22km, and 30km courses.
Open 24hours and entry is free.
Al Ain might be a 90 minute drive from the city, but advanced – or fearless – cyclists will find it worth it. Park your car in the Green Mubazarah and ascend the 1,200 metre Jebel Hafeet road. The incline is as steep as 30 per cent in parts and even by Tour de France standards, it’s as gruelling as it is spectacular.
The road is wide enough for cars and bicycles, with ample shoulder for a wide berth. There are several stopping points along the ascent which offer magnificent views over Al Ain.
Be warned, this route is not for beginners or for those with heart problems. Even experienced cyclists will find it a challenge, it’s like your pedals will be set in concrete. But there is good news: if you successfully survive and make it to the summit, it’s downhill back to the car…