Where to run in Dubai? The Emirate's best running tracks

Sport360 staff 01:30 11/01/2017
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The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!

Running 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 running routes.

THE MARINA

If you fancy a run with a view then come here!

The Marina is one of the best places to run in Dubai – with a pleasant 9km lap. Have a look at some of the city’s most impressive buildings as you meander your way around the loop.

It can get quite busy up by Marina Walk in the evenings, but don’t let that put you off an otherwise pleasant run or walk.

DISTANCE: 9KM

The Marina.

The Marina.

JUMEIRAH BEACH 

An incredibly scenic area, the run starts next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and continues down past Sunset Beach.

It’s a 7km stretch down (14km if you run both ways) and is never overly-busy either!

DISTANCE: 14KM

Jumeirah Beach.

Jumeirah Beach.

DUBAI CANAL RUN

The spectacular new Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk is now open and although the finishing touches are being made, it is shaping up to be one of the city’s most scenic routes.

‘The Walk’ stretches 3.2km in each direction from Business Bay to Jumeirah and alongside Safa Park – and will soon connect with the Jumeirah Beach running track – giving runners a 7km-long continuous route.

Take the Sheikh Zayed Road pedestrian path from Business Bay Metro towards Habtoor City (close to the W Hotel and St. Regis Dubai) and take an elevator directly down to the canal.

DISTANCE: 6.4km (if you run both ways)

Dubai Canal.

Dubai Canal.

AL BARSHA POND PARK

Al Barsha Pond Park features a 1.4km running track that surrounds a pond and is marked every 100m, to give you a mental boost during your training session!

If you want to combine your running with some strength work, there are workout stations around the track.

DISTANCE: 1.4KM
OPENING HOURS: 8am-10pm

Al Barsha Pond Park.

Al Barsha Pond Park.

PALM JUMEIRAH

The Palm Jumeirah Park features an impressive running track, and is generally a quiet area if you want to wind down after a long day.

Lined with trees overhanging the track, parking at Golden Mile is easy and there are workout stations available should you want to break up your training along the way.

Al Ittihad Park.

Al Ittihad Park.

DISTANCE: 2.7KM

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