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Sheikh Zayed Road is going to be turned into a cycling track

The iconic Sheikh Zayed Road is going to be turned into a cycling track on Friday November 20 as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020.

The Dubai Ride is a 14km ride across Dubai that takes in some of the city’s most famous landmarks. As well as passing through Downtown Dubai, around Business Bay and over Dubai Canal, you’ll also get to go cycling down Sheikh Zayed Road on two wheels. Which is very very cool. And the first time it’s ever happened in the city’s history. Wheely cool, in fact.

The ride is free to enter and available for people of all ages and abilities. There is also a 4km ride for families and children. But the DubaiLAD team will definitely be getting our bikes out for the main ride. If only so we can cruise down Sheikh Zayed Road in the fast lane at 20mph and not get tailgated or beeped at.

The Dubai Ride was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

If you want to take part, register for the event here. You’ll need your own bike and helmet. While the roads will be entirely closed for the ride, there will be pace cars on hand to help. And social distancing measures will be in place throughout the event.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan said of the Dubai Ride: “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.”