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Running in Dubai

Dos and Don’ts

Do wear something bright if running at night.

If running on the streets choose a route which avoids too many road crossings.

Use pedestrian crossings and foot bridges. Think of the bridges as adding variety to your training.

Do not wear an iPod whilst running in the streets. They are distracting and make you very vulnerable.

Be especially vigilant when running in a group. It is easy to think that there is safety in numbers. The opposite is true because there is a tendency to cross the road with the group without looking.

Better still, run in a safe place.

Safe Venues

Al Barsha Park: A wonderful 1500m running track on the inside of the park round a lake. Beautifully landscaped. Good toilet facilities. Track is marked every 100m. Entry free.

Around the Creek: It is possible to run around the Creek from Maktoum Bridge, to the pedestrian tunnel through the tunnel and back to the bridge with hardly any interference from traffic.

Beach Track from Jumeirah Beach Park to DOSC: A new section of the running track was laid in the summer of 2014. The 2.5 km stretch running from just south of Jumerah Beach Park to Dubai Offshore Sailing Club is the new home of the Desert Road Runners weekly predictor run.

Creek Park: The park is very pleasant to run in. A circuit is approximately 4 km.

Dubai Autodrome: Open for runners to use on Wednesday evenings. One lap is 2.5 km and it is floodlit. It is hilly! Very handy if you live in the Ranches, Sports City or Motor City.

Mushrif Park Mirdif: On the inside perimeter of the park there is ma cycle track which stretches 4.5km. It is used more by runners than cyclists and has some really nice hills for a change. The Mirdif Milers meet there every Monday evening at 7:00 pm.

Mizhar Track Kawaneej: One lap is 3 km. It is used by the Mirdif Milers on Wednesday evenings for interval training.

Russian Beach: There is a purpose running track stretching 2.5km on the beach about 1km Jumeirah side from the Flag Pole.

Zabeel Parks: Accessed from the Trade Centre round about and with plenty of parking, the parks have a running track laid on the outer perimeter. 2 to 3 km per lap.