Al Qudra is a well-known cycle track out in, pretty much, the middle of nowhere, towards the vast open desert lands. Dubai Municipality have taken the initiative to pave a pathway for cyclists that runs parallel to the road, but separate from the road for safety’s sake.
But are runners allowed there?
Well, my running buddies and I decided we’d give it a try and find out the hard way – we just arrived there one morning, hopped out the car bikeless, and hoped for the best.
Since it was our first time to this area we decided to test out the ‘facilities’ and were completely wowed by them – a totally nondescript building from the outside, but upon entering it’s as if you’re stepping into a hotel’s toilet facilities. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, lockers running along the one wall, shower and separate changing stalls along another wall, and then a row of toilets. Completely unexpected great start to our run 🙂
Once we’d got that out of the way we headed outside and did a bit of a warm up, questioning if we’d actually be able to run as we saw only cyclists all around us. We eventually decided to ask a group of cyclists and they were extremely helpful and friendly – giving us the advice to ensure we stayed left (facing oncoming traffic), and enjoy!
So we set off, with no distance in mind – just to run until we felt like turning around, and then run back. The track, and scenery, are exceptionally boring, but this is a very safe area to get some decent mileage in, without being too crowded.
The temperatures are starting to make life rather difficult and so after only about 6km’s we really started feeling the heat and were all very glad that we were only 1-ish km’s away from being back at the start line… and we now had breakfast to look forward to!
After our first choice of location was shut for maintenance, we landed up at Nathalie’s in Sports City for breakfast. We all immediately ordered delicious freshly squeezed juices of different flavours, and then got the food orders stuck in, which we pretty much managed to wolf down. Yum!