Al Qudra Cycle Track Dubai
- Overview and Routes
- Bicycle rentals
Every cycling enthusiast should know that Dubai has built a huge special bike path in the middle of the desert. The place is known as the Al Qudra Cycle Track. The track is located 30 km from the city of Dubai, and the biggest problem is how to get there. Nevertheless, despite this, every fan of cycling should at least once ride his bike there.
It is illegal to ride a bicycle on Dubai's highways. The police can stop you and at best, you will be warned about the violation and asked to leave the roadway, at worst you will be arrested and fined. It is possible to ride a bike in special parks of the city, such as bicycle lanes along the entire Jumeirah Beach. On the other hand, on the track in Motor City, where people race cars and motorcycles. In the evening, this place is free for cyclists. Well, for those who are not satisfied with the beach trails, who need space, wind, speed and lack of pedestrians, a special bicycle route Al-Qudra was built.
Overview and Routes
The Al-Qudra Cycle Track is a specialized 86 km long bicycle trail, which consists of unique track routes. The long track has one main loop and is divided into several routes. Each of the routes is level and free of vehicles, which means that riders can enjoy a safe ride. Beginners can take a ride on route 1, which is a 50-kilometer loop. Routes 2 and 3 are more challenging and perfect for more experienced amateurs and professional cyclists. The fourth route runs directly along the Al-Qudra road.
The bike track is famous not only for its long bike paths, but also for the magnificent landscapes that visitors enjoy during their journey. You will admire the picturesque view of the desert and even meet rare representatives of the local wild fauna: antelopes and Arabian oryx. The track itself is surrounded by attractions such as Al Qudra Lake, where you can relax and watch the beautiful black swans and flamingos.
When you ride towards the track, the first parking lot is located 15 km from the start of the track. The bike path from this place to the lap looks like a straight road and is called Stick. If you start from this, spot and then do a full lap around the track for 50 km, that adds up to 80 km.
The parking lot has a cafe and a store with sandwiches, fresh juice and coffee. In addition, there are two showers in the parking lot - one for men and one for women, where you can also change clothes.
The quality of asphalt on the tracks is beyond praise. It rolls very smoothly. The accompanying landscape is amazingly calming: nothing but sand, dunes and not a single tree around. If you went clockwise, then you will meet trees on the last 10 km of the track. In the meantime, rare oryx goats and rarely seen cyclists will be your whole company for hours. After 20 km, there are additional branches to the highway if you want to wind up more than 50 km.
There are only two benches with a shade on the entire track – one in the middle of the circle and another 10 km from the finish. There is no water here.
If you ride in winter, then you will not experience any problems with the heat. Very comfortable riding. Only sometimes, the wind can meet you on a walk along the bike track. The most amazing thing about this bike ride is the perfect silence in the desert. Not a single sound. After a noisy city, you will realize that not only forests, glades and seas, but also the Arabian Desert is the same kingdom of Nature, which is able to restore your spiritual strength and bring you joy and peace.
Friday and Saturday mornings are the busiest times at the track. After the workweek all the local riders are eager to ride around the Al Qudra bike track, which means renting the right size can be problematic. In case you cannot book the right bike model and size in the morning, we suggest arriving in the afternoon. The weather in the Emirates in winter generally allows you to ride all day long into the evening.
If you come to Dubai in summer, the ride in the desert after 11 am is a cruel test of endurance, as the temperature reaches 40 degrees. The only option left is to ride from 5 am. To do this, you can book in advance and rent a bike in our bike rental company.
The rentals are charged per 1 hour, per 4 hours and for the whole day. Most of our customers find that a 4-hour rental is the best option.
We offer you a wide selection of bicycle models and all the necessary equipment. Before renting out, all bicycles are carefully checked by specialists to identify possible malfunctions. In addition, all bicycles and equipment are treated with disinfectants after each use. For more information, please visit page https://bikepark.ae/terms/.
How to get to Al Qudra?
1. Take a cab.
The easiest way to Al Qudra is to take a cab. A cab ride from Marina Beach will cost you around 150 Dhs. You can ask the cab driver to leave you his phone number and contact him after the bike ride to pick you back up at the right time. However, there is another way: you can ask other cyclists to join you on your way back. If you are alone or there are two of you, usually all the cyclists will agree and give you a ride.
2. Get there by bus.
The cheapest way to get to Al Qudra is by city bus. Nevertheless, it will take a little longer. Bus 67 makes a flight towards Al Qudra every two hours. Check the schedule at the bus stop.
If you live closer to Downtown Dubai or in Deira, then just a few metro stops and get off at BurJuman Station. Then go to Khaleed Bin Al Waleed Rd and wait for the bus. The bus stop is located right near the entrance to the mosque. Take a picture of the bus schedule 67 here. The bus has many stops in the city, and there may be traffic jams on the way. Already outside the city, he goes faster. A large camel market passes by, where everything for the cultivation and upbringing of a camel is sold – feed, harness, whips. Your stop is “Seh as Salam Farm 1”, which is in the middle of nothing. There are only sands around. The bike center itself is still 150 meters away, at a large roundabout. If you do not miss the stop, you will not get lost.
Is it possible to pay in public transport in cash or by card?
The most important thing in the case of bus travel is the method of payment. It does not matter if you are traveling from the city or returning to the city – you need to have a valid ticket for local transport. The driver does not accept money, bills, cards and will not be able to sell you a ticket. The ticket is purchased at any ticket office in the metro. You can buy a travel ticket for one day. If you forget to buy a ticket, then you will not leave the desert after riding, since there is not a single vending machine in the middle of the desert.
Can you run at the Al Qudra?
Yes, Al Qudra track also offers facilities like running.
Is Al Qudra Cycle track a free zone?
Since the track is clean and free of vehicles, you can safely plan your day off in Al Qudra. The tracks are equipped only with toilets, gas stations, bike stores and supermarkets.