On the back of the successful staging of last month’s Dubai Marathon, Vision Sport picks out our favourite running routes in the UAE
The UAE’s traditional October-to-April ‘running season’ may be approaching its conclusion, but keen athletes can still appreciate the emirate’s architectural majesty in the mornings or evenings as the weather gets warmer and humidity increases. With January’s Dubai Marathon fresh in the memory, we pick out a handful of inspirational trails to help runners maintain the momentum.
The opening of 24/7 Jumeirah Corniche in 2014 gave runners a new beachfront haven in Dubai, with the four-metre wide running track easing the burden on the knees thanks to its spongy surface. Stretching 14km past stunning sights like Kite Beach, the Burj Al Arab and the brand new Dubai Water Canal, the route features distance markers to help runners track their progress, and received a glowing appraisal from quadruple Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah when he visited in December.
Alternatively, you could swap the sand for greenery and take in one of the emirate’s many picturesque parks. Those after a challenge should head for the hilly Mushrif Park just out of town, while the tranquil Palm Jumeirah Park boasts a purpose-built rubber running track. However, the pick of the bunch may be Dubai Creek Park, which offers sensational views of the Dubai skyline, and where you may also bump into one of Dubai’s most popular running clubs – the Dubai Creek Striders.
If you’re in Abu Dhabi then why not mix up your training by testing out Yas Marina Circuit? Home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when it’s not staging races between 150mph Formula One cars the circuit serves as a training ground for runners and cyclists of all abilities. Whether you want to join a fitness class or simply jog around the 5.5km track while marvelling at the spectacular surroundings, this is an experience not to be missed.