Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Corniche and Emirates Palace Grounds

Flickr: Guilhem Vellut

The signature run in Abu Dhabi is the path along the Corniche, featuring great views of the water and the city skyline. A wide path with a separate, soft surface for running parallels Corniche St. for 8 km from Heritage Park west to the bridge that leads to Al Kasir Island (Radisson Blu Hotel). The path then continues over the bridge (great views!) for another 1.6 km. There are numerous parks and green spaces along the way, lovely plantings and palm trees, and for 4 km of the route, Abu Dhabi Beach/Al Sahil Beach/Corniche Beach.

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Longer Run: Include the grounds of the Emirates Palace, which include the palace itself, a marina, Founders Memorial, and the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel, which features a long, palm-lined approach and an impressive fountain. Could put together 2-3 km here. We also have a route around Al Kasir Island, which can be a separate run or combined with the Corniche.

Essentials
  • 9.3 km one-way (7.9 km to the beginning of the bridge to Al Kasir.
  • 42m (139 feet) over one-way route
  • East End: Heritage Park; West End: End of bridge to Al Kasir Island; or anywhere along route.