Cyclists Set To Take Over Sheikh Zayed Road This Month For A One-Off ‘Dubai Ride’ Event

If Dubai Fitness Challenge’s 30×30 target isn’t enough to get you motivated to work out, maybe cycling on Dubai’s most scenic route is, because Sheikh Zayed Road is transforming into a massive cycling track for the first edition of ‘Dubai Ride’ on Friday, 20th November.

In a first, the Dubai Fitness Challenge is inviting residents to cycle and pedal through a 14-kilometre route of the Sheikh Zayed Road, riding across some of the city’s renowned landmarks including Burj Khalifa, World Trade Centre, Emirates Towers, Tolerance Bridge and the sprawling skyscrapers that form Sheikh Zayed Road’s futuristic skyline.

Regardless of one’s fitness level, the event is free and open to everyone aged 13 and older, and must bring a bicycle and helmet. There are two routes available, a family-friendly 4 km route followed by a 14 km route for adrenaline junkies and fitness enthusiasts. Registrations are open on

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Photograph credit: Dubai Fitness Challenge

“The Dubai Ride, part of Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020, is aligned with our vision to transform the city into a bicycle-friendly metropolis and our efforts to encourage people to adopt cycling as a sport. Our greatest inspiration is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who has long championed the integration of cycling into people’s lifestyles – be it to enhance our health and well-being, or promote environmentally friendly transport in our communities. With the Dubai Ride, we celebrate this visionary objective. I invite you to join me and achieve a new milestone in your fitness journey.”

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai

Last edition of the Dubai Fitness Challenge saw a staggering 70,000 residents descend upon Sheikh Zayed Road for the inaugural ‘Dubai Run’ event, led by Dubai’s Crown Prince and the brainchild of the flagship fitness initiative, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Given the state of Coronavirus and the importance of social distancing, it’s only fitting that this year is a cycling-themed event.

If you’re looking for more inspiration to get cycling, check out this recent clip of Dubai’s 71-year-old Ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum riding through Business Bay and Downtown Dubai:

(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)

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