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Dubai to create over 100km of cycle track for commuters and leisure riders

Over 100km of cycling tracks are going to be created in Dubai, linking up a number of the city’s neighbourhoods. A variety of tracks will soon be under construction, offering routes for commuters, leisure riders and those keeping fit.

United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai City, Interchange at Sheikh Zayed Road with the Burj Khalifa at sunset
United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai City: over 100km of cycle track planned. Image by Getty Images

Cyclists will soon be able to use the new routes around the Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Discovery Gardens and Al Furjan areas. Additionally, a 10km ‘super loop’ for faster-paced cyclists, with a smaller 5km loop inside it, is to be built between Jumeirah Park and Discovery Gardens.

Cyclists in Dubai, 2016.
Cyclists in Dubai, 2016. Image by Getty Images

A new 500-villa community which is currently under construction at Nad Al Sheba will also have a track built around it. Dubai-based developer Nakheel is behind the project, and chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, said: ‘We’ve been working on this for the past five to six months and now is the time to announce it. The weather is nice. It’s a big plan, and hopefully we will execute it in two years.’

The project is expected to cost Dh150 million (£33million) for the total of 105 kilometres of cycling tracks and work is due to start on the network within the next three months.

Further down the line, it’s hoped that International City and Palm Jumeirah may also get their own cycle routes. Ali Rashid Lootah said  ‘Cycling in Dubai has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last few years, with the government promoting the sport through world class events like the Dubai Tour and by building hundreds of kilometres of bike routes across the city,’ reports Cycling Weekly.

‘Our new cycle track network will make cycling more accessible and inspire people to get pedalling as a way to keep fit, socialise and help the environment. Under our plan, people will be able to bike their way to the shops, school and friends’ houses without getting in the car. It will also offer something for experienced riders, who will benefit from new routes linked to Dubai’s existing bike path network as well as our 10km super loop.’