Look: Cyclists bring pedal power to Dubai Ride

Sheikh Zayed Road transformed into a 14-km cycling track for the fitness event


Saman Haziq

Published: Fri 5 Nov 2021, 7:28 AM

Last updated: Fri 5 Nov 2021, 1:03 PM

While most of the city slumbered, tens of thousands of cyclists hit the Dubai roads in the early hours of Friday morning as Sheikh Zayed Road transformed into a 14-km cycling track for Dubai Ride.

The fitness event made its historic debut last year as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Organisers said 32,750 people participated in the non-competitive community event, which kicked off at 5am on Friday. The event was free for all.

The ride featured two distinct routes that saw cyclists meander through some of the city's most iconic buildings and landmarks.

The event is aligned with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, to transform the city into the world's most active metropolis and the broader vision to make Dubai the world's best city to live in, work and visit.

Shortly after the event, Sheikh Hamdan took to Twitter to express his pride at the high turn-out.

"I am happy with this wide participation from various groups of society, which reflects the growing societal awareness of the importance of adopting sports as a way of life and contributes to making Dubai the most active and vibrant city in the world," he wrote.

In addition to Dubai Ride, Dubai Run will also return in 2021, giving everyone the chance to get active and run on Sheikh Zayed Road on November 26.

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