Dubai: This morning, the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai was transformed into a giant cycle track as part of the fourth edition of the Dubai Ride, presented by DP World.
The flagship Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) event attracted more than 35,000 cyclists of various ages and abilities who collectively rode more than 546,000 km, cementing its status as the region’s largest community cycling event.
Dubai Ride is aligned with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to transform the city into one of the most active cities in the world and with the broadest vision of making of Dubai the most active city in the world. The best city to live, work and visit.
Dubai Ride, an inclusive and non-competitive event, offered people the opportunity to not only get closer to achieving their ’30X30′ goals (of 30 minutes of exercise daily for 30 days), but also to come together as a community and experience the joy of Cycling in a truly unique environment.
This year, the event featured two distinct routes – the 12km Sheikh Zayed Road and the 4km Downtown Family Tour – that highlighted some of Dubai’s highlights, including the renowned Museum of the Future (MOTF), the picturesque Canal Dubai Water Tower and the majestic Burj Khalifa.
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “We are incredibly proud of Dubai Ride, the region’s largest community bike ride, bringing together thousands of residents and visitors each year in a remarkable show of unity for the collective health and well-being of our city. This year, the event achieved a remarkable feat, fostering a sense of togetherness and camaraderie as participants pedaled through some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks. It is a testament to our community’s unbreakable spirit and commitment to a healthier, more active lifestyle. Dubai Ride has truly left an indelible mark, reminding us of the power of collective action to shape a brighter, fitter future for all.”
Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Ride reaffirms the emirate’s dedication to promoting an active and health-conscious lifestyle. for all. It emphasizes the leaders’ commitment “To foster a strong and sustainable sporting environment, providing residents and visitors with opportunities to participate in various sports and physical activities. Dubai Ride encourages participants to set positive goals and adopt a more active lifestyle. “We are delighted with the wide participation of people of various nationalities and groups of all ages who gathered early in the morning, creating a beautiful sports tapestry on the most emblematic street in Dubai.”
Fun and exercise
Dubai Police supercars led the Dubai Ride outing, and the presence of riders on novelty bikes was among some of this morning’s highlights, infusing the much-loved event with an extra dose of excitement and fun. Even Modesh and Dana joined in the festivities, participating in the Downtown Family route.
Participants also showed their creativity and enthusiasm by adorning their bicycles with decorations they made at the colorful costume station on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. These elements collectively contributed to creating a vibrant atmosphere on the downtown family route.
Dubai Ride has become a highly anticipated event in the city’s annual calendar as it promotes an active and healthy lifestyle while fostering a sense of community and togetherness. It encourages people of all ages and abilities to embrace the joy of cycling and explore the city’s iconic landmarks from a unique perspective.
World-class mass participation events like Dubai Ride reinforce Dubai’s commitment to promoting cycling as a sustainable and accessible mode of transport, with the emirate investing in infrastructure and initiatives that prioritize the well-being and mobility of its residents and visitors.
Dubai Ride is organized by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and the Dubai Sports Council, with the support of presenting partner DP World; AVIV partnership partners Blue, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Emaar; Official partners Dubai South, Emirates Airline, Mai Dubai and Sun and Sand Sports; Media partner Arabian Radio Network (ARN); and government partners Dubai Ambulance Services Corporation, Dubai Police and the Events Security Committee.