Now temperatures have dropped and the breeze has picked up, running season is back with a bang, so it’s time to head outdoors with the Goodness guide to Dubai’s top running routes and tracks. Whether you’re a regular runner or your sneakers are yet to see the light of day, there’s a route for you – so what are you waiting for? Just do it.
Accessed from the Trade Center roundabout and with plenty of parking, Zabeel Park offers an awesome cushioned running track positioned on its outer perimeter, which is two kilometers in distance. There is no charge to run on this track and it’s open 24/7.
Overlooking the beautiful bay and restaurants of the Marina, this eight-kilometer track is a challenging, but enjoyable one. Bustling with activity, the route keeps you entertained and rearing to go, with passersby cheering you on. You can also cross a few bridges along the way add on some extra kilometers to your workout.
Starting from the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and continuing up to the Burj Al Arab, this 14-kilometer track includes a four-meter-wide jogging path and a five-meter walkway, making it ideal for running enthusiasts. Resting areas and spaces to practice yoga, swim, and participate in water-sport activities help create a fun and fit ambiance. It’s one of the greatest running locations in Dubai, offering the chance to run on a great surface alongside the ocean.
The Beach, JBR
The Beach at JBR is great for runners who prefer a soft running track. Approximately two kilometers in length, the track also has training machines along the way if you feel the need to break up your run with some other exercises.
One of Dubai’s oldest and most popular running tracks, Creek Park is approximately four kilometers long. Open from 8 a.m. ’til late, this beautifully landscaped park has a very scenic and calm atmosphere for all runners to enjoy.
With a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains, Burj Park is one of the most picturesque spots on this list. Spanning over a five-kilometer loop around Downtown Dubai, it’s the perfect track to enjoy an evening jog or morning run with your furry friend, as dogs are just as welcome as you are!
With a 3.5km running track, The Greens provides a great place to go for a recreational run. The track wraps around the beautiful lakes and is populated by runners, walkers, and residents and parking is available along the streets.
Al Ittihad Park
This tree-lined track on The Palm is as picturesque as it is perfect for a relaxed run. 2.7km in length, it weaves through flowers and lush green grassy areas, which also happen to be perfect for a post-run picnic. There are also some great workout stations along the way to break up your jog or to add some resistance to your cardio session.
Al Barsha Pond Park
Featuring a soft running track approximately 1.4-kilometers long, handily marked every 100 meters, the Al Barsha Pond Park is great for doing both distance runs and sprints. The park is open daily until 10 p.m. with no entry fee.
Every Wednesday from 6 p.m – 9 p.m., Dubai Autodrome opens its track, free of charge for anyone looking for an evening run, walk, or cycle. Not only is its 2.6km track floodlit, but it also offers more of a challenge with its gradual to steep gradients. Get ready to get your sweat on.
With 6.5km of waterfront and the option to run an impressive 12.8km if you go over each of the five bridges, the Dubai Canal offers everything you could possibly want out of a running destination – stunning views included.
A popular spot amongst running groups and solo joggers alike, the 3.5km track that surrounds Safa Park offers a smooth, soft surface, and impressive views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline. It’s particularly popular with late-night runners, as you can access the track even after the park closes thanks to its perimeter location.
District One, Meydan
Over 81 million dirhams were spent on the snazzy cycling and running track in District One in Meydan, and we can safely say it was worth every penny. Not only does it boast over 8km of scenic, tree-lined tracks, but they’re also free to use and are lit with solar-powered lights so you can run after the sun sets.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
You don’t have to jet over to the Maldives to run beside the turquoise sea and palm trees, because thanks to Al Mamzar Beach Park, you just need to head to the other side of Deira. Even better? After you’ve made your way down the 4km running track, you can cool off in the beautiful lagoons.
In the heart of Mirdif you’ll find Mushrif Park – a popular BBQ and relaxation spot for locals and visitors alike. It also draws in some of Dubai’s top runners thanks to its 4.5km circuit and the Mirdif Milers running club, who meet every Monday and offer options for absolute beginners to seasoned pros.
Al Qudra Road
For the ultimate long-distance and endurance running route, head to Al Qudra. The 85km cycling track stretches on into the desert and offers a safe and quiet place to run away from cars and traffic. Go as far as you can before turning back, but be sure to take water with you!