Photos: Sheikh Mohammed steps out to meet UAE Tour cyclists in Dubai
Published on February 26, 2021 at 16.57
The event started in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and took riders through different emirates of the country.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Friday attended part of the third edition of the UAE Tour, in which 140 professional riders representing 20 world teams took part. Photo: Dubai Media Office/Twitter
The Dubai Ruler greeted the cyclists as they headed towards Burj Khalifa before completing the course at Palm Jumeirah. Photo: Dubai Media Office/Twitter
The 2021 UAE Tour started in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and took riders through different emirates of the country. KT Photo: Shihab
Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed celebrated the success of the UAE Tour as the one and only UCI World Tour race in the Middle East.
“Twenty international teams participated in the race, from Al Ruwais and Al Marfaa areas, to the oases of Al Ain and the mountains of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, passing by the beloved Dubai and Umm Al Quwain,” he said.
“1,045 kilometres in my beautiful country... 1,045 kilometres is the tour in the most beautiful country in the world.”
Photo: Dubai Media Office/Twitter
Sheikh Mohammed said the participation of the world’s elite cyclists and international teams in the UAE Tour is a testament of the confidence in the UAE’s ability to organise major sports events.
The city saw rolling road closures across the route between noon and 4.30pm on Thursday. Photo: Dubai Police/Twitter
The Dubai stage of the Tour was accompanied by members of Dubai Police, which kept up a steady stream of traffic updates on its social media channels. KT Photo: Shihab
The Tour is set to conclude tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. KT Photo: Shihab