Dubai is quickly becoming the new destination for pro cyclists. UAE capital’s debut Tour (21-25 Feb) and Dubai Tour (06-10 Feb), as well as the Sharjah Tour (24-27 Jan) on the UCI Road Calendar 2018 season has something to do with this, but there’s also a growing number of other biking events attracting cycling enthusiasts from all over the world.
As part of the Extreme Sports Expo, the Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition, a 2-day event being held from 12 to 13 January 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, aims to spark the interest of amateur riders providing them with great options on bikes and gear. The expo gathers many of the top local and international bicycle brands, retailers, touring companies, cycling clubs and allows both professionals and enthusiasts to experience the latest in bike / cycle technology and innovation. Admission is AED30 per day, AED40 for a weekend pass and children under 12 are free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. DubaiBlog is media partner of the event.
Speaking about the event, Osama Al Shafar, President of the UAE Cycling Federation, noted that the Emirates aims to be a biking hub by the direct result of the significant growth of cycling both in the UAE and in the neighboring countries. Sheikh Faisal bin Humaid Al Qasimi, President of the Arab Cycling Federation, added that “the Dubai International Bicycle Exhibition will fill this demand and greatly contribute to the growth of cycling in the Arab world.”
These days, the government is also finalizing the construction of 500km of bike/ cycle tracks in Dubai that will add to the UAE cycling culture in the region. Additional bike paths will be promoting outdoor activity, healthy living and wellness and help cyclists ride experience in the UAE be not only fun and enjoyable, but also safer.
Pedal-friendly places include the Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park that offers path choices of 4km, 6km and 8km. As well, there’s Al Wathba Cycle Park with 8km, 16km, 20km, 22km, and 30km courses; otherwise, there’s Al Qudra Cycle Path, an 86 kilometers long road, which provides cyclists two different routes: one of 18km and a second of 50km, catering to all stamina levels. These are all routes that are perfect for moderate cyclists. For cyclists looking for a real challenge, a great option is to head to Al Ain and ride the Jebel Hafeet mountain (1,200 metre with some steep inclines).
Alternatively, there’s the option to go cycling around the Dubai Autodrome, around a multi-purpose 2.4km motorsports circuit, or at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, on 5.5km circuit, where there’s cycling groups or other cyclists that engage in solo training; all this is possible on certain days and times. These places are ideal to bring your own bike or rent one. The entrance is free too!
Other favorite places to cycle is at the outdoor Zayed Velodrome that will let riders test its oval concrete 42° banking track (250 m or 820 ft.) in Sharjah. As mentioned in Outdoor UAE “the facility has been on the expat cycling community’s radar but has only been available to nationals recently.” So, for those of you who haven’t experienced track cycling before, this can be a good opportunity to try it out.
Cycling is as popular as ever as an outdoor activity and has encouraged a healthy lifestyle with low-impact on the body while requiring endurance and developing stamina. It’s also a well-regarded mode of transport that’s more environmental-friendly. For these reasons, the UAE is making it easy to access bike paths and cycling tracks that will incorporate fitness into your daily life. Thanks to the support of the government in this development and building of new routes and tracks, there’s an increasing number of places to take bikes without going on public car roads.
As it’s not recommend to cycle on the roads; therefore, check what venues welcomes cyclists. As well, make note of those areas in a city that contain a green cycle route between the road and the pavement. For example, a dedicated cycle path runs the 12km length of the Corniche from Port Zayed (waterfront route) all the way around to Marina Mall.
UAE is not short of cycling options, so there’s no excuse not to hop on a bike and get in good shape at one of these great spots which are bicycle friendly for people of all abilities.