Cycling & Mountain Biking

Dubai is not a particularly bicycle-friendly city, but there are pleasant areas where you can ride such as along both sides of the creek and Jumeira Road, and on the cycle tracks at Mamzar Park and Jumeirah Open Beach. Also, try out the Meydan Cycle Park, a converted camel racing track with varying distances (4km, 6km and 8km), and the Dubai Autodrome. There are also many places where you can rent bikes around Dubai's more pedestrian-friendly areas.

Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi host weekly track cycling sessions. Check the CycleSafeDubai Facebook page discussion threads for the next event.

Away from the cities, the UAE has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts, especially mountain bikers. On a mountain bike it’s possible to see the most remote and untouched places that are not even accessible in 4WDs. For hardcore, experienced bikers there is some good terrain, from super-technical rocky trails in areas like Fili and Siji, to mountain routes like Wadi Bih, which climb to over 1,000m and can be descended in minutes. Even if you are experienced, always be sensible and go prepared – the sun is strong, you will need far more water than you think, and it’s easy to get lost. Wide, knobbly tires work much better on the loose, sharp rocks.


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