Cycling in Dubai: Your Comprehensive Guide to Tracks and Locations
Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path
Location: Near Meydan racecourse
This converted camel track offers splendid views of Downtown Dubai and the iconic Burj Khalifa. There are three loops to choose from: 4km, 6km, and 8km. Facilities include lockers, air-conditioned changing rooms, and showers. The track is well-lit for night riding. Previously a camel racecourse, some sandy patches remain, but it has been modernized. It's one of the safest cycling tracks in Dubai, with after-dark guiding lights, street signs, roundabouts, anti-skid arches, and other road safety features.
Al Qudra Cycle Track
Location: Al Qudra
Ideal for middle- to long-distance riders, Al Qudra offers various cycling paths. Choose from an 18km path for a shorter ride, or the 50km loop for a more extended journey. For serious cyclists, there are well over 100km of tracks. The routes showcase the stunning desert landscape and pass by the five-star Bab Al Shams resort, where you can take a break for refreshments. Bikes are available for rent near the Al Qudra cycle path. Plan ahead, as this area has limited taxis, and some parts of the track are not illuminated at night.
Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One
This 8.4km track offers tree-lined avenues and picturesque views of the Dubai skyline. It's eco-friendly and purpose-built, featuring solar lighting and low-impact surfaces. Riders are welcome from 5am to 10pm daily. Facilities include changing rooms, showers, benches, and vending machines.
Parks with Cycle Tracks
Several municipal parks in Dubai have excellent cycleways, usually open from 8am to 10pm daily (some with extended weekend hours).
Parks with cycle tracks include:
- Mushrif Park (4km)
- Quranic Park Al Khawaneej (3.2km)
- Al Warqa3 Park (3km)
- Al Khawaneej Pond Park (2km)
- Al Barsha South Park (2km)
- Al Barsha Pond Park (1.4km)
- Al Nahda Pond Park (1.3km)
Location: Jumeirah Beach, passing by the Burj Al Arab
This 19km path runs along Jumeirah Beach and offers breathtaking views. It connects to the 7km Dubai Water Canal cycling track, taking you through one of Dubai's newest developments.
Dubai Marina Walk
Location: Dubai Marina
This 5km loop around the marina provides scenic views of Dubai's impressive buildings and numerous spots to grab refreshments.
Cycling Rules to Remember
- Cyclists must wear helmets, available at bike shops or sports stores.
- Avoid major roads or highways; use dedicated cycle paths.
- Don't cycle on pedestrian pathways.
- Double-seat riding is allowed only on bikes designed for two.
- Use front and rear lights for night rides and consider wearing reflective clothing.
- Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after cycling.