The weather’s perfect for it, but fact of the matter is cycling around most suburbs in Dubai remains impossible (and dangerous).
Well, the good news for fans of getting about on two wheels is that over 900 kilometres of new cycle paths have been planned by the RTA, and will be installed by the key date of 2020.
Cycle paths will be built (and maintained) by the RTA in Al Mizhar, Mirdif, Al Warqa’a, Al Sufouh, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah and Al Barsha. There will be cycle paths linking the streets of Jumeirah to parks, beaches and shops, and one in Barsha to connect to the Mall of the Emirates and the Sharaf DG metro station.
Work has already begun on the cycle paths in the above areas, but the RTA is also considering paths for other suburbs, including Bur Dubai, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Green Community Village and Dubai Investment Park.
The aim is to create an easy and safe ride for the residents in the above areas from their homes to the neighbouring beaches, malls and parks, and metro and tram stations.
Where would you like to see a path?
Where to cycle in Dubai now…
On Wednesday evenings, the well-lit Dubai Autodrome is open to cyclists between 6pm and 9pm. All you have to do is turn up with your bike (and don’t forget your helmet).
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai Motor City, Dubai, Tel: (04) 3678700. Taxi: Dubai Motor City. dubaiautodrome.com
Al Qudra Cycle Path
Feel a million miles away from the city by taking to these long distance cycling paths among the dunes. There’s even a path that goes past Bab Al Shams Resort.
Al Qudra Road, Dubai
NAS Cycle Track
A good choice for families, this former camel racing track in Nad Al Sheba is well-lit at night and even has a dedicated 850m loop for teaching kids who are new to the sport.
Nad al Sheba, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubai