Dubai: The largest fun run in the world will be held this weekend, as thousands of fitness enthusiasts run along the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road for the Dubai Run.
If you are participating in the Dubai Run, here is all you need to know before you attend the event on Sunday, November 26.
Make sure you collect your bib on time
If you have already registered, you need to collect your bib from the Run and Ride Central near World Trade Centre. You have until November 25 to collect it. These are the timings for the centre:
• Monday - Friday: 2pm - 10pm
• Saturday: 10am - midnight
What are the timings of the Dubai Run?
Dubai Run will held on Sunday, November 26, from 6.30am to 9.30am. The starting point of the run is near the Museum of the Future, in Dubai, for both the 10km and 5km route.
• The 5km route begins on Sheikh Zayed Road, near the Museum of the Future, passes the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera and ends near Dubai Mall. It's a flat route, suitable for runners of all ages and abilities.
• The 10km route also starts near the Museum of the Future, but then takes runners along a longer route - crossing the Dubai Canal bridge, then looping along Sheik Zayed Road and finishing at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate. It is suitable for more experienced runners.
How to get there
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has urged participants to use public transport to get to the run.
If you are participating in the 5km run, the nearest metro station is the World Trade Centre or Max station on the Red Line. If you are participating in the 10km run, the closest Dubai Metro Station would be the Emirates Towers station.
If you want to drive, park at one of the Dubai World Trade Centre car parks for the 10km route, or at Dubai Mall car park for the 5km route and then make your way to the starting line using Dubai Metro.
According to the RTA, Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) will be closed from 3am to 9:30am on Sunday, November 26. However, the service roads on SZR will be closed from Saturday, November 25, 8pm.
RTA provided the following alternative routes that you can take during the time of the road closure:
• Al Wasl Street
• Al Khail Road
• Al Meydan Street
• Al Asayel Street
• 2nd Zaa'beel Street
• 2nd December Street
• Al Hadiqa Street