The 6 Best Running Tracks In Dubai
On your marks, get set, go....
OK, so you may have a treadmill in your building gym, but when you live in such a beautiful place as Dubai – who wants to be stuck indoors? Here are some of the city's best free running tracks to make the most of.
What better way to kickstart your day than with a run along one of the most iconic strips of Dubai coastline? Beginning at Dubai Marine Resort down in Jumeirah 1, this newly developed track runs all the way through Kite Beach and ends 14km later near the foot of the Burj Al Arab. With the sea to your right and palm fronds aplenty to your left (or the other way around, depending on where you start) it's worth stopping at one of the rests en route just to Instagram something smug.
Quickly replacing the Marina as the hottest place to live in Dubai (minus the traffic!) JLT has undergone a bit of a facelift in recent years. One of the best bits is the free-for-all fitness facilities. Not only is there a nifty little running track, there are also some challenging monkey bars that are impossible to pass without giving a go. Post run, why not jog over to The Fit Food Kitchen (cluster J) and pick up a protein-packed breakfast?
Al Ittihad Park, The Palm
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is striking at the best of times, but to go running on it's next level stunning. The rubber running track at Al Ittihad Park runs the length of the 'trunk' of the adjoining island, and offers a lap of 2.7km. There are plenty of stationary work-out stations to make the most of along the way, as well as playgrounds if you have kids in tow. Shakespeare & Co also have a trackside cafe to grab some breakfast with your fitness fam.
A favourite among the Dubai running community, Safa Park's 3.4km spongy running track is the original picturesque place to get your jog on. Running around the circumference of the park (and around quite a bit of construction work, so be prepared to add a bit of time on for that) it feels like a slice of suburban paradise. Pop into the Pantry Cafe in Al Wasl square for some refueling post workout.
Al Barsha Pond Park
If you found yourself at one of the cult Ripe Markets towards the end of last year, chances are you would have been blown away by the cuteness of Al Barsha Pond Park. Just under 2km long, the springy running track within it passes through beautiful landscaped gardens as well as the aforementioned pond, which is a pretty charming route. There aren't any refreshments on site, but there are markers every 100m and decent public toilets. It stays open until 10pm, for all you night-owls.
The Beach, JBR
This is definitely one for the early birds, as once the crowds start to arrive at JBR The Beach you won't be able to run more than five feet without bumping into a family of dawdlers. But, it's a great track, and still new so extra bouncy. If you fancy mixing up your workout there's also a free outside gym to get to grips with. Given it's prime destination, there are tons of places to grab something to eat and drink post-jog, but we'd recommend Eggspectation for its creative use of our protein-packed friend!