Dubai: Heads up motorists: A portion of Sheikh Zayed Road will be closed from 4am until 8am on Friday for the first-ever Dubai Ride.
As part of the ongoing Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020, you will be allowed to cycle down a section of the 14-lane highway. Lower Financial Centre Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will also be closed from 4am-8am. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) advised motorists to use Al Khail Road, Upper Financial Centre Road and Burj Khalifa Road as alternative roads.
The RTA also tweeted: “If you want to participate in the #DubaiRide challenge on 20 November 2020, check the traffic procedures implemented by RTA to facilitate the public’s participation in the challenge.”
Thousands of cyclists of various abilities and ages — as young as five years old — are expected to take part in the historic fun ride. Dubai Ride will have two categories — a 4km family ride and a 14km open ride. The 4km family-friendly, fun ride is open to participants five years and above riders who will cycle round Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard; while the 14km route is for cycling enthusiasts who are 13 years and older who will cycle through Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Canal and Sheikh Zayed Road.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, earlier said: “Dubai Ride is aligned with our vision to transform the city into a bicycle-friendly metropolis and our efforts to encourage people to adopt cycling as a sport. Our greatest inspiration is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has long championed the integration of cycling into people’s lifestyles — be it to enhance our health and well-being, or promote environmentally friendly transport in our communities.”