The winter season is short in Dubai so it’s best to make the most of the good running weather while we have it …
With the temperatures not set to rise significantly until at least April, we’ve picked out 10 running routes in the city, applicable to all running abilities and distances.
All of the following locations are open 24-7 and free-to-use:
One of the most scenic places to run in the city and the beauty of it is you can actually follow a designated, soft-surface running track with markings.
Starting at Umm Suqeim Beach (Sunset Beach) under the gaze of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the 7km stretch takes you past Kite Beach and all the way down to Jumeirah 1. If you then turn around and go back, you’ll clock up 14km.
It’s never overly busy and it’s easy to stop for a drink or stretch mid-run too. In addition, it has a really fun vibe at the weekend.
DUBAI WATER CANAL
One of the newest running routes around when it was completed in late 2016, take in 6.4km of the waterfront and mix it up with as many as five pedestrian bridges.
A stunning view of the Downtown skyline will accompany you and it is also easy to link-up with the Jumeirah beaches via Al Maktoum Bridge. The best access to the canal is from Business Bay and Al Habtoor City if you’re coming from Sheikh Zayed Road.
AL BARSHA POND PARK
A short and sharp 1.4km running track that surrounds the pond and is marked every 100m. Perfect for speed work or interval training rather than the long run. Busier in the evenings with plenty of people working out.
Without doubt one of Dubai’s best known places, the soft (and knee-friendly) Palm Jumeirah boardwalk is a fantastic place to run and is typically quiet too.
Starting off opposite the Atlantis, The Palm, running to either the end of the East or West Crescent and back is roughly 10km, and if you do both, you would comfortably clock up a half-marathon distance (21.1km). A perfect run to zone out, have a bit of time to yourself and soak up the sea views.
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AL ITTIHAD PARK
Sticking with the Palm, the park area next to the Golden Mile Galleria has a lovely 2.7km track loop interspersed with workout stations and is a good way to work up an evening sweat if you’re short on time.
The 9km loop is perhaps the location to run in Dubai (particularly if you live in the populous Jumeirah Lake Towers or JBR) and has fantastic views to match.
The Marina boasts a completely flat surface with a few short inclines (steps) as you cross two bridges on the full route, with one of them being close to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai and then the other next to the unmissable Cayan Tower.
There are also four other bridges linked up with the Marina which means it is possible to run short distances, or repeats, giving flexibility to tweak your volume.
In the early morning and daytime, the venue is pretty much empty but is a lot busier in the evening with running groups meeting at Dubai Marina Mall often.
A great option if you fancy a change of scenery but the best thing is it’s easy to get to with its picture perfect location next to Dubai Water Canal and overlooking the city’s biggest skyscrapers. Plenty of green space to run and then chill afterwards with friends.
DUBAI CREEK PARK
Another brilliant spot to take in some of Dubai’s richest and oldest culture – and away from some of the bright lights of the city that can sometimes get a bit all too much. The park itself commands just a Dh1 entry free, and from there, you can actually make your way out and to the Creek itself, taking in the old Souq and plenty more.
AL SUFOUH ROAD
Part of the annual usual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon route, a run from the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai to the Madinat Jumeriah and back is 10km. While there isn’t a designated track to follow as such, it’s best to run on the pavement on Dubai College side as a) the pavement is wider and more stable with signs for cyclists; b) there are less small road openings to cross and c) it is easier to watch oncoming traffic and stay alert, with the roads being busy if events are on at various hotels and tourist places close by.
A popular spot for an outdoor session in the evenings, JLT has a spongy blue running track and free-to-use upper-body and core workout machines. The green bowl and attached parks are also good for a kick around or a few overs of cricket!
This is a kind 10km loop, starting at the Greens and running back around until you’re finished at Emirates Hill. On the route you’ll take in Jebel Ali Racecourse and part of First Al Khail Street (behind JLT) on your way to knocking off the top distance.
Paleo is nothing new. There has been no big rock or movie star endorsing it in Hollywood and it is not taking the world by storm. It has way more substance than that. It is a style of eating that originated over 2.5 million years ago. It is simple, free from modern day food industry additives and preservatives, and it is unprocessed. This means that the food is easy for your body to digest and promotes healthy living on all levels.
Here are 10 reasons to go paleo:
It is super simple: You will eat meat, chicken or fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds in their purest form. This means that not only your food preparation is easier, but also your shopping becomes fast and simple.
Less chemicals: Because the food is pure and free from additives and preservatives, you are not subject to the chemicals that many foods in the market today contain. It is these chemicals that often promote diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Improved digestion: Natural food in its purest form is the food your body was designed to consume. Therefore, you will have improved digestion on a paleo diet.
Increased mental focus: Un-pure foods can alter the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which can lead to headaches, dizziness and worse. When you feed your body you are also feeding your brain, so this pure food is going to give you all the mental focus that you need.
Reduced inflammation: Natural food helps to naturally reduce inflammation in the body caused by the stresses of life as well as physical exercise. You will feel less swelling around your joints and less bloating in your gut. All positives here.
It is sustainable: The fresh ingredients that go into paleo recipes will always be around. Couple that with the simplicity of preparing a paleo meal and it’s easy to see how the diet is a good long-term eating solution. Also, it’s super tasty so you won’t want to quit after a few days!
You will look better: Less bloating, less chemicals in your body, less sugar and less general badness! All of this inevitably leads to one thing: a body that looks great carrying less unwanted fat around. Remember what our ancestors looked like? Lean and mean!
You will perform better: Food is the petrol of the body. Put in dirty fuel and your body will perform poorly – just the same as if you put poor fuel in a car. We all need to perform well in life on so many levels, so let’s make sure we use the best fuel possible.
You will feel better: Headaches? Gone. Digestive issues? Gone. Inflammation? Gone. Fat? Gone. Tiredness? Gone. It’s pretty easy to see how much better you are going to feel once these things are removed from your life isn’t it?
Overall happiness: Just reread and think about the above nine points one more time. Come on, you have to agree that they will make you a happier person!
What is Smith St Paleo?
Smith St Paleo is a Dubai-based Paleo food brand and consultancy company. Established in 2015 by Holly Smith, the brand has a vision of helping people to continue their love affair with food whilst promoting optimal health.
Paleo is a style of eating, which follows the way our ancestors ate thousands of years ago. It’s a simple case of design; our bodies are not designed to digest the highly processed, sugar-laden, grain-heavy foods that are commonplace today.
Through Smith St Paleo, Holly has developed over 100 of her own Paleo-compliant recipes for all tastes buds and occasions, many of which are part of the Smith St Paleo meal plan delivery service. She also has a range of products available for sale in the UAE.
For more information, head over to www.smithstpaleo.com where you will find an extensive library of recipes and content on the practical and effective Paleo lifestyle.
By exercising in the morning, your body takes advantage of naturally circulating hormones as they’re peaking, rather than later in the day when they’re lower. That is good to know as the sun rises above our yoga session in the heart of the Dubai desert at the exclusive Al Maha Resort.
The benefits of yoga are proven to increase the body’s flexibility, muscle strength and athletic performance, along with improvements to your cardio and circulatory health and protection from injury. Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs credits daily yoga for extending his Premier League playing career into his 40s. The stretching and breathing exercises relax both the body and mind, something, which TAG Heuer is setting out to achieve with their latest sporty collection of timepieces.
Partnerships with the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Ream, Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours mean it’s crucial for the watchmakers’ products to be suitable for athletes.
A new range of smart watches being showcased by the Swiss company are made from stainless steel and are totally waterproof up to 50m, making them suitable for all sports including surfing, diving and swimming. Runners can benefit from the built-in GPS allowing users to track their route and distance.
The new Connected Modular 41 and 45 use the combination of Swiss luxury watchmaking and Silicon Valley Technology to create his and hers smartwatches, suitable for sport but fitted with interchangeable straps. This same timepiece can also be worn with a suit and tie and not look out of place.
Google and Intel collaborated in the engineering of the watches so users can connect their smartphone via Bluetooth to listen to music while exercising as well as reading emails and messages from the watch-face. The interface is also fully customisable so you can change the hands to match the straps, or change the dials, which appear on screen.
Options available range from a daily step-counter to current exchange rates and even boarding passes. There are 11 modules available to choose from, which can each be changed to fit a choice of ceramic, titanium, leather or rubber straps.
Also as part of the 2018 collection is a UAE-exclusive Autavia. Named due to its close ties with automotive racing, it pays tribute to Dubai’s deserts with the unique sandy coloured strap.
Only 150 of the limited edition pieces, each engraved from 1-150, are available and only in the UAE. Guests of the Tag Heuer workout also experienced a hot air balloon ride over Dubai’s sandy landscape to celebrate the release of the new timepiece, which is likely to become as valuable as the 1962 original.
On the yoga mats, the workout session has intensified from holding triangle poses, standing with feet about apart, with toes turned out to 90 degrees with one arm reaching for the sky, to a Bridge pose – a trickier position holding the torso off the mat with knees bent and directly over heels, for one minute.
Our outdoor activity is designed to be a basic introduction into yoga, but under the burning sun, it’s certainly feels like a tougher workout. Keeping pace with the instructor is getting more and more difficult. Then if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing and in the back of my mind, I know my body will thank me later. Despite the heat, the location at the Al Maha Resort couldn’t be any better for clearing the mind. It’s a place of peace and quite away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city.
Following the fitness session comes the first-look at the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Men models, designed for those with an active lifestyle, are suitable for use in the gym and running track or, better still the pool, which is the perfect place to be after an hour of hot yoga.