The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!
Cycling is the easiest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you mentally and physically healthier.
If you’re looking to improve your fitness, check out these five cycling routes.
AL QUDRA CYCLE PATH
Al Qudra cycling path is the most popular destination among UAE’s cycling community.
The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.
Depending on racing speed, the track takes between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete.
If you did not have a bike, Trek UAE shop — located at the end of Al Qudra Road — is the perfect place to rent your bike.
Each bike rental also includes a helmet and lights, as parts of Al Qudra Cycling Track are not well lit after dark.
The path itself is free of charge.
MORE INFO: Al Qudra Cycle Path
NAD AL SHEBA CYCLE PATH
Once a camel racing track, the Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path is now a family-friendly cycle park with a choice of an 8km, 6km and 4km paths designed for both cycling and running.
The whole course is lit by night and has all the necessary facilities, including restrooms and changing rooms with showers.
Nad Al Sheba is a great place to bike for all ages with a breathtaking view of the skyline of Downtown Dubai.
MORE INFO: Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path
The Dubai Autodrome normally roars to the sound of motorbikes, but every Wednesday evening, it is taken up by cyclists and runners.
From 6-9 pm, cyclists who bring their own bike are invited to lap the 2.5 km track under floodlights.
The free night attracts a mix of experienced and beginner cyclists all looking to train somewhere without the worry of busy roads.
MORE INFO: Dubai Autodrome
YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
On Tuesday and Sunday evenings, runners and cyclists have the chance to lap one of Formula One’s most iconic tracks.
A mix of pro and amateur cyclists descend on the track in the capital to pedal around the circuit as part of the TrainYas and StartYas programmes.
Each lap is 5.5km and the circuit is open from 6-8.30pm. Remember to register online to avoid disappointment.
MORE INFO: Yas Marina Circuit
HATTA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL CENTRE
Cyclists from around the UAE can take in the stunning mountainous region of Hatta at the various trails on offer at the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre.
The route – 134kms east of Dubai – is arguably the best destination for mountain bikers, offering 14 kms of routes which cater for riders of all abilities.
The trail is split into different sections, with green for beginners, blue for intermediates, red for experienced riders and black for the elite.
If you want to venture for a coffee and some food after, then Hatta village has some nice cafes and supermarkets.
MORE INFO: Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre