Most regular roads in Dubai are not designed with cyclists in mind. Al Qudra Cycle Track is a dedicated asphalt cycle track in the Dubai desert.
Several routes are available. The most popular is Route 1, a 50 km loop. Routes 2 and 3 are extensions for more experienced riders. Route 4 (known as The Stick) is a straight, out and back track running parallel to the D63 (Al Qudra Road).
Routes are shown on the map below: Route 1 – Blue, Route 2 – Red, Route 3 – Green, and Route 4 – Purple. An interactive route map can be found here.
All routes are well maintained and fairly flat. Riders love the quiet of the desert and the safety afforded by the vehicle-free environment. Arabian oryx, the national animal of the UAE, are a common sight.
The main start point is at The Last Exit Al Qudra. This food truck park offers a wealth of facilities including numerous places to eat and drink, a supermarket, petrol station, and toilets. Signs with maps of the routes are also here.
There are a couple of places to rent cycles here; Trek Bicycle Store and First Ride. Rates are hourly. Both open early in the morning.
Another start point is the car park at the end of Route 4, near Reem (a residential development). There are few facilities here.
Temperatures soar in the summer months it’s best to start before sunrise. Riders should ensure they have adequate an adequate supply of water. There is no opportunities to buy water once on the route.
Shaded shelters with seating are located along the routes. Emergency telephones are also available.
There are no fees to ride on the cycle track. Parking at The Last Exit and Reem car parks are also free.
Al Qudra Cycle Track is also known as Saih Al Salam Bicycle Track.
Tourist attractions and things to do near Al Qudra Cycle Track include:
- Al Qudra Lakes (0.6 miles) - Popular desert bbq and birdwatching spot.
Map showing location of Al Qudra Cycle Track.
Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.
Al Qudra Cycle Track
D63 Al Qudra Road
United Arab Emirates
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