The Abu Dhabi Tour: details of this weekend's road closures
Everything you need to know about road closures in Liwa, the city centre and Al Ain taking place February 23 to 25, due to the emirate’s professional cycling race
This weekend, some of the greatest cyclists on the planet will be riding all over the emirate for the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour – and there’s going to be a few road closures on each day as a result.
Riders including British sprinter Mark Cavendish of Team Dimension Data, Italian Olympic gold medal winner Elia Viviani of Team Sky and German powerhouse Marcel Kittel, who rides for Quick-Step Floors and won last month’s Dubai Tour, will be cycling a whopping 671km over four days.
Here’s an overview of the four stages:
So when and where will the roads be closed? The first stage is in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region on Thursday February 23. The stage starts and finishes in Madinat Zayed, taking in the dunes of Liwa and Qasr Al Sarab on the way. Road closures start from 11.45am.
On Friday February 24, the pro peloton goes on a tour of the city of Abu Dhabi, taking in the Corniche, Al Reem Island, Al Maryah Island, Khalifa City, Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. Closures start at 12.30pm on Al Maryah Island, which is start point of the stage.
The third and final road closures are planned for Saturday February 25, when the cyclists head for Al Ain and a mountain top finish up Jebel Hafeet. This is the stage where the Abu Dhabi Tour is usually won, or lost. Road closures start in the heart of the city at 11.35am.
The fourth and final stage takes place on the city’s F1 track at Yas Marina Circuit, on Sunday February 26 so there’s no road closures, but be prepared that traffic will be busy on Yas Island from 4pm onwards.