Running is one of the best and simplest ways to get fit and stay fit, and has the potential to take you from basic couch-to-5k programmes to the highly anticipated Dubai Run, and all the way to ultra-marathons (if you want to). Whether you’re taking your first strides or chasing personal records, this guide will help find your perfect running track – and even a new running club.
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WHERE TO RUN IN DUBAI
Dubai's vibrant cityscape offers a multitude of running paths that cater to various preferences and fitness levels. Whether you're seeking a joint-friendly cushioned track, the serenity of parks, or the urban charm of the city, there's a route for everyone. Here's a curated guide to Dubai's prime running spots:
CUSHIONED TRACKS FOR JOINT-FRIENDLY RUNS
Discover the convenience of cushioned tracks in Dubai that provide relief to your joints and feet, ensuring a comfortable running experience. Explore the following options:
- Kite Beach - 14km Scenic Route: Embark on a 14km journey along the picturesque coast of Kite Beach, combining breathtaking views with a cushioned running surface.
- Safa Park - 3.5km Tranquil Trail: Enjoy a serene 3.5km track within Safa Park, offering a peaceful ambience amidst lush surroundings for an enjoyable run.
- Zabeel Park - 2km Quick Circuit: Opt for a brisk 2km circuit at Zabeel Park, ideal for a quick and invigorating run while enjoying the park's amenities.
EXPLORING DUBAI'S PARKS
Experience the diverse range of running opportunities within Dubai's municipal parks, each with its unique features:
- Dubai Creekside Park - 4.7km Tranquil Escape: Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Dubai Creekside Park, a haven for runners seeking a peaceful environment.
- Mushrif Park - 10km Hills and Challenges: Challenge yourself with the hilly terrain of Mushrif Park, a rarity in Dubai, and elevate your running routine.
RUNNING IN THE CITY
Discover urban running routes that blend exercise with city exploration:
- Dubai Marina - 5km Urban Splendor: Embark on a nearly-5km route around Dubai Marina, soaking in the urban charm and fashionable district as you run.
- Palm Jumeirah - 11km/4km Iconic Experience: Choose from two iconic routes at Palm Jumeirah: an 11km track along the crescent or a 4km shoreline route along the trunk.
- Dubai Creek - 4.7km Waterside Serenity: Enjoy waterside tranquillity as you run along Dubai Creek's well-maintained pathways, but be mindful of pedestrian activity.
FIND A RUNNING GROUP IN DUBAI
Running with a group can be one of the best ways to stay motivated and get support, as well as to make friends and become part of a social group. And for more experienced runners, groups offer the chance to compete at a higher level.
There are plenty of running groups and clubs in Dubai - we've listed a few of the most established ones below.
Desert Road Runners: Probably the oldest running club in Dubai, founded in 1989, and offers weekly runs, as well as other regular events.
ASICS FrontRunner: Organised by the foot-ware brand, the FrontRunner club is by application, and open to runners of all abilities who are passionate about the sport.
Dubai Creek Striders: This club offers regular runs alongside Dubai Creek, for runners of all abilities – and also organises 10km and half-marathon events every year.