Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Desert, Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the most visited city in the Middle East, drawing 15 million annual visitors. A major business and transit hub, Dubai is known for its towering skyscrapers, resort-quality beaches, and public parks which, owing to the city’s wealth, are nothing short of architectural gems.
Running in Dubai is varied and exciting, with a landscape highlighted by the Gulf coast, sandy dunes, western mountains, and man-made gems. The best places to run in Dubai are along the waterfront in the Dubai Marina, Dubai Creek, and 10 km+ along Jumeira Beach, much of it on jogging tracks. Many of Dubai’s parks feature rubberized jogging paths that are great for everything from a quick lap to a longer tempo run (some require an entry fee). Most of Dubai’s roads are very wide and busy with cars, but they also feature wide sidewalks, which are fine for running.
Dubai is a rather large and sprawling city. You may want to consider picking up a Nol smart card, which will allow you access to the extensive (and fast!) metro system and city buses.
Note: Be knowledgeable about cultural sensitivities and dress when running in Dubai.