Doing sports in Dubai’s heat? In summer, outdoor sporting activities are hardly conceivable, but in the cooler months a great number of sports and leisure enthusiasts populate the city’s public leisure facilities. On the public beaches of the Arab metropolis alone, every active athlete will find optimal conditions to strengthen their fitness and well-being. We present seven popular activities in our Dubai BLOG that will make the athlete’s heart beat faster.
Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular in Dubai.
The emirate is pursuing ambitious goals and wants to create a 560 kilometer network of cycle paths by 2022, currently it is over 250 kilometers. Probably the most attractive and impressive bike path leads through the middle of the desert. In the Al Qudra cycle path, cyclists can complete a short route of 18 kilometers or a 50-kilometer loop. Bikes can be rented from Trek Bikes southeast of Dubai at the starting point of the route.
During the trip, athletes experience a breathtaking landscape and also pass the luxury resort Bab Al Shams. If you want to avoid the great heat, it is best to start the bike tour in the early morning. But there are also more and more bike paths in the middle of the city: cyclists will find beautiful and wide bike paths on the Palm Jumeirah, the newly created Dubai Water Canal, on Jumeirah Beach as well as in Al Barsha Park and Mushrif Park.
Before it gets unbearably hot in summer, fitness fans like to hang out on the public beaches.
Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach and The Beach at the Dubai Marina are ideal for extensive workouts. Several training devices are installed here, which you can use to keep yourself sufficiently fit for free. In addition, there are further free fitness offers and action-packed outdoor climbing and trampoline parks directly at the Dubai Marina Mall, in Burj Park and on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah in Al Ittihad Park.
Skateboarding is also a popular trend sport in the emirate of Dubai.
Skaters can now show their tricks, jumps and driving skills in several places in Dubai. In addition to the freely accessible skate parks in Business Bay and Al Mamzar Park, the XDubai Skatepark on Kite Beach is the largest open-air skate park in the city. The latter is chargeable, but also offers the best equipment with numerous bowls, ramps, rails for tricking, rolling and jumping.
Where there is sand by the sea, there are usually beach volleyball nets.
This is also the case in Dubai: there is a beach volleyball court on almost every public beach. Especially on the popular Kite Beach or on the much-visited The Beach, there are several beach volleyball courts that are popular and well attended.
Joggers can look forward to optimal conditions and great routes in Dubai.
For a total of 14 kilometers, a soft, springy jogging route leads along Jumeirah Beach Road from Burj Al Arab via Kite Beach to the Dubai Canal to Jumeirah Open Beach.
Runners get spectacular views on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah: an eleven kilometer long path along the “sickle” circles the tip of the palm island and promises atmospheric sunsets. In contrast, the four-kilometer route along the palm trunk is less demanding.
The artificial harbor of the Dubai Marina offers the perfect setting for a run in the midst of spectacular scenery. The small circuit of 4.5 kilometers is particularly worthwhile in the evening, when the huge skyscrapers start to sparkle and their colorful lights dip into the water basin.
The new area around the new Dubai Water Canal is also ideal for joggers, there is plenty of space to run on both sides of the bank. Of course, the numerous parks in Dubai are also a welcome place to “tear off” your kilometers undisturbed. In particular, the Safa Park near the Dubai Canal and the Creek Park in “old” Dubai are ideal for long running tours.
Inner balance, flexibility and body tension are three essential qualities that can be achieved through yoga.
Health and exercise sports are also attracting more and more people in Dubai. Public yoga classes are now ubiquitous in many places. Yoginis come together four times a week at 7 p.m. at The Beach, JBR to bring body and mind into harmony. Everyone can take part in the free yoga session for one hour, the participants only need a yoga mat, a towel and a bottle of water.
Horse lovers should go for a ride in Mushrif Park in Dubai. The large desert park south of the airport is known for its secluded, quiet and species-rich natural landscape with many shady trees.
The soft sandy soil of the park is perfect for a relaxed and adventurous horse excursion. The Mushrif Equestrian & Polo Club conducts 90-minute riding tours – so-called “desert rides” – in the mornings and evenings, and around once a month there is a full moon riding excursion (8 p.m.). The riding club also offers riding lessons. It is necessary to book the excursions in advance.