The Best Running Spots in Abu Dhabi, Just in Time for Outdoor Season
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With the cooler weather finally here, now is the time to dust off your running shoes and join the capital’s running community on the streets, beaches, and tracks of Abu Dhabi. Throughout the city, you’ll find great urban running tracks to help you stay fit, healthy, and happy.
With the Abu Dhabi skyline on one side, the beach on the other, and palm trees around you, when it comes to the best places to work out, this scenic route is hard to beat.
This 4.2km path is a completely flat run and equipped with a softer running track to make it easier on your joints. It starts from Mina Zayed and ends at intersection A7 on Abu Dhabi Corniche, and there are plenty of places to stop for water or a bathroom break along the way.
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Al Reem Island
Start your run at Boutik Mall and head towards Amaya Tower. The route will take you along the beach front and through Reem Central Park, and you can loop back at Amaya Tower to double the distance.
There is also a softer running track on the paths around Reem Island. This run is best enjoyed early in the morning, when you can watch the sun rise over the city, or in the late afternoon, as the breathtaking amber sun sets against the Abu Dhabi skyline.
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F1 Yas Marina Circuit
If you’re looking to break out of a running rut by trying something different, venture out to the iconic Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday or Tuesday evenings between 6 and 10 p.m. The 5.5km circuit is curved, with small inclines and long straights, and the option of doing multiple laps. The best part about these running meet-ups is the buzz and energy, with walkers, runners, and cyclists all coming together with the goal of becoming healthier versions of themselves. Be sure to register online to avoid disappointment.
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Zayed Sports City
Zayed Sports City is a hotspot for athletics in Abu Dhabi. Here you will find pitches, tracks, restaurants, a bowling alley, an ice rink, and four fitness facilities, as well as various sporting events being hosted throughout the year.
There is no set running track, but the pavements are lit up at night and traffic is scarce. It’s easy to clock up 10km around Zayed Sports City by running two loops, and there are even stairs to jog up and down outside the tennis stadium.
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Al Hudayriat Island
Cross the impressive suspension bridge and find yourself on the magnificent 3,000 hectares of Al Hudayriat Island. A fitness enthusiast’s dream, this new sporting area offers a few running track options.
The beachfront is about 600 meters long, so it’s a great option for sprints. The wide and flat cycle track, meanwhile, can be used to run and is a 10km loop. If you’re looking for an incline run, try the new bridge where there are 5km and 10km loops mapped out.
Other sporting attractions on the island include cycling, five football fields, four basketball courts, four volleyball courts, and four beach football courts.
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Saadiyat Island Public Beach Run
For a killer leg workout that is good for both heart and mood, opt for a beach run on the pristine white shores of Saadiyat Island. The turquoise waters provide the perfect backdrop, and you may even be lucky enough to spot some native wildlife, like turtles and dolphins. Post-run, don’t miss out on taking a dip in the sea.
To access this 9km stretch on Saadiyat Public Beach, there is an admissions fee of AED 25.
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If you’re struggling to find the motivation to get out and run, join the non-runners club every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Al Zeina outside Dandana restaurant. Abeer Amiri set up this community group to encourage individuals to get out and get fit, whether you choose to run or walk to begin with.
Soak up the community vibe and meet like-minded people on a route that will take you away from the city’s traffic and on a run with glorious scenery from Al Zeina to Al Muneera.
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