What’s On reveals the Jumeirah Corniche project has completed phase one on Dubai beaches. It will run from Dubai Marine Beach Resort to Burj Al Arab.

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Good news for Dubai’s runners; the initial phase of The Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Jumeirah Corniche project – soon to become the city’s longest Corniche and a social and sports hub — opens to the public today. Sunday July 13.

The RTA has completed the initial phase of the coastline’s facelift – a 2km stretch from the Dubai Sailing Club up to the Dubai Municipality’s Centre at Umm Suqeim. The project is more than 50 per cent complete and is on schedule for the official autumn opening this year.

When complete, more than 14km of tracks will stretch the length of the shoreline from Dubai Marine Beach Resort in Jumeirah, to Burj Al Arab, and is set to cost Dhs100 million.

Government officials behind construction of the Dubai Corniche hope the new jogger-friendly pathways will encourage residents to improve their health and fitness regimes. The project comprises a walk measuring five metres in width, a jogging track measuring four metres in width, and rest-houses fitted with commercial kiosks, shaded benches overlooking the beach, and public and health facilities.

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Nabeel Mohammad Saleh, Director of Roads at the RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, invited walking and jogging enthusiasts to give the completed portion of the Jumeirah Corniche a try.

“The Jumeirah Corniche will divert the sandy beaches to a vital venue through adding decorative and entertainment elements as well as public services for the beach visitors amongst residents and tourists who flock to the Dubai beaches to enjoy sitting beside the sea or practicing walking or jogging,” he added.