Before you make any plans this weekend, you’ll want to check out the road closures in the city ahead of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The four-day 555km race will see some of the biggest names in professional cycling – Mark Cavendish, Alberto Contador and Elia Viviani – compete in four stages around the Emirate. The first stage takes place today in the Western Region. Road closures will affect those travelling on the roads in and around Liwa and Madinat Zayed.


Stage 2 takes place on Friday, October 21 in the mainland and will see road disruptions begin at 1.10pm near the Emirates Palace. Cyclists will then travel up Khaleej Al Arabi Street and past the Sheikh Zayed Mosque before heading into Khalifa City.


The Yas Tunnel will be closed from 3pm, as cyclists race across Yas Island towards Saadiyat. The Sheikh Khalifa Highway will be closed form 3.25pm to 3.45pm when the race moves to Mina and Reem Island. Road closures on Reem will happen from 4pm to 4.55pm. The Corniche will be closed at 4.15pm for approximately an hour, as the race comes to a close along the waterfront.

Residents of the Garden City will see traffic disruptions on Saturday, October 22 during the third leg of the race. Road closures begin at 12.10pm near Al Jahili Fort. The road to Jebel Hafeet will be closed from 4pm, so plan accordingly if you hope to see the riders cross the finish line.


Stage 4 will be held on Sunday, October 23 on Yas Island, but shouldn’t cause any extra traffic as the final leg will be held on Yas Marina Circuit.

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