Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 November 2019

Sheikh Zayed Road to turn into a running track for one day only

Ten kilometres of the 14-lane route will be open to runners and closed to cars for three hours on Friday, November 8

Sheikh Zayed Road will throng with a different kind of traffic when it turns into a running track on November 8. Getty
Sheikh Zayed Road will throng with a different kind of traffic when it turns into a running track on November 8. Getty

Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road will be busy with a different kind of traffic next month when a section of its 14 lanes is closed for the morning and turned into a running track.

As part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019, the city’s main artery will be the site of the Dubai Run 30x30 on Friday, November 8 from 6am to 9am.

The exact route map hasn't been released, but we know that the 5km and 10km runs will start and end at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The portion of Sheikh Zayed Road on which the run will take place has to be one of the most widely shared images of Dubai, with buildings stacked neatly next to each other, leading up to the beautiful architecture of Emirates Towers.

Dubai's metro launches new fare gates and ticket machines. Christopher Pike / The National
A Dubai Metro train runs above Sheikh Zayed Road. Christopher Pike / The National

This free event is the first time people have been allowed to run on the road. Participants will get a new perspective of the city skyline from the middle of Sheikh Zayed Road.

Organisers said the highway will serve as "a memorable route.”

And you don’t need to be a seasoned runner to take part. The 5km fun run is open to all ages, abilities and fitness levels. It will also be wheelchair and stroller accessible, but scooters and rollerblades are not permitted. The 10km run is suitable for those aged 18 or older and needs to be completed in 80 minutes.

Registration is essential for both events. Children under eight years old do not need to sign up but must be accompanied by a registered participant. Registration is open now.

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Updated: October 29, 2019 11:18 AM

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