Cycling in Abu Dhabi

There are a plethora of cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi where you can catch your morning breath and feel refreshed after a thrilling riding session. Cycling is considered as the best method to explore the stunning city of Abu Dhabi. Both locals and tourists prefer to get around the city on cycles to avoid traffic and explore the unexplored regions. With the majority of people interested in healthy living nowadays, you will find many of them out there in the streets with their bicycles, roaming from one end to another. 

Tracks like Yas Marina Circuit, Jebel Hafit, Corniche Cycle trail and many more offer various types of bikes suitable for both adults and kids at nominal or no fee. The months between November to May are also considered ideal for cycling in Abu Dhabi as it is sunny and pleasant. Here is the list of top 10 best cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi where you can enjoy a thrilling riding experience while at the same time glance at some of the prettiest views of the city. 

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What are the best cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi?

1. Yas Marina Circuit - Yas Marina is a government built cycling track in Abu Dhabi, initiated to endorse healthy lifestyles among the locals. The bikes available here are free to both locals and tourists. This cycling track in Abu Dhabi was inspired by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel so you can bike around the original Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track. The track is open to the public on every sunday and tuesday from 6 pm to midnight. There is no rental charge for bikes so you can get a bike for free here. The track stretches to approximately 6 kilometers so there is plenty of room for you to practice your cycling moves.
Location -Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

2. Al Wathba cycle track - If you wish to get the surreal experience of cycling in Abu Dhabi then Al Wathba cycle track is the ideal place for you. This track is located a 40 minutes drive away in downtown Abu Dhabi and is built for professional cyclists. Several learning cyclists and race cyclers visit this track to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city. There are great facilities around the track along with a 24*7 running coffee shop. You can find several looped tracks here that go from 8 kilometers to 30 kilometers so you can choose according to your comfort level. There is also a built-in elevation in the tracks that is thrilling for new bikers. Since this track is located in an isolated area, you will find strong gusts of wind blowing on tracks. You can rent bikes at AED 30 per hour at the nearest bike shop.
Location - Al Watha cycle track, Al Wathb

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3. Hudayriat Island track - Locally known as ‘Al Hudayriat Island cycle track’, the Hudayriat island track is one of the largest cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi. It is the entire island dedicated to beach and sports activities. This track was opened in 2018 and comprises a 5 kilometers and a 10 kilometers cycling track surrounded by gorgeous city views. It is not usually crowded during the weekdays so you can spend some quality time here with your friends and family. You can cycle till a free public beach and then rent a kayak or calm your hunger with multiple food trucks offering delicious snacks. It is mandatory to wear bike helmets throughout the track for safety purposes. It is highly recommended to start the tour around 4 pm so that you can catch the breathtaking sunset that bathes the entire island in all shades of pink and orange.
Location - Al Hudayriat Island

4. Qasr Al Sarab sand dunes - The famous Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in Abu Dhabi recently added a cycling track into their activity program offered to guests. They have organized 10 fat bikes that allow the guests to conquer the large dunes surrounding the resort. The unique feature about the fat bikes is that they have 4.8 inches wide tires that can tackle the sandy dunes. You can also get an opportunity to ride the dunes of the world’s largest desert, the Empty Quarter here. The resort offers a guided desert tour to their guests which takes approximately 1 to 2 hours and covers 7-10 kilometers of sandy tracks. The tour costs start from AED 175 and goes up according to the requirements of the guests.
Location - Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, AL Mirayr, Abu Dhabi

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5. Jebel Hafit - Jebel Hafit is the only mountain of Abu Dhabi and one of the highest in the entire UAE. It is located in the Al Hajar Mountains on the border between UAE and Oman. The Jebel Hafeet Mountain road was built in 1980 with three lanes for cycling. It stretches to approximately 13 kilometers starting from the Jebel Hafeet Al Ain ascent. This cycling track in Abu Dhabi is considered as one of the best among cycling enthusiasts all across the globe. The best time to ride the bike up the mountains is in the evening so that you can experience the surreal sunset that covers the entire peak of Jebel Hafeet in gorgeous golden shades. You can rent the bikes at the beginning of the trail as there are several biking facilities around the entrance.
Location - Hafeet Mountain Road

6. Al Dhafra Region - Al Dhafra region comprises around two-third of the emirate region of Abu Dhabi. It is the place where desert meets the sea giving the country one of the most dramatic picturesque scenery. It also comprises the largest dunes of Sahara making up for a great cycling arena for cyclists. The prominent Abu Dhabi Cycling club has one of their branches in Al Dhafra so you can experience lavish cycling in Abu Dhabi. The remote area of Al Dhafra allows you to cycle in the desert sand as far as the eye can see. It is suitable for both beginners and professionals as there are varied dunes both steep and high. There are several safety measures being followed here and professional instructors are available everyday to teach the guests how to ride a bike.
Location - Al Dhafra Region, Madinat City

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7. Al Ain cycling track - Located 90-minutes away from the city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is one of the oldest UNESCO declared heritage sites. This region is filled with lush green valleys and historical forts which makes for a perfect view while cycling. If you wish to explore various Arabian heritage sites and get some exercise at the same time then Al Ain cycling track is perfect for you. They have a modern-lit cycling track which is suitable for both beginners and professional cyclists. You can also locate a branch of Abu Dhabi cycling club in Al Ain. This garden city is ideal to be strolled through on two wheelers for people of all age groups. You can end your cycling expedition by laying low underneath the palms of Al Ain oasis.
Location - Cycling track, Al Dahma - Ghafat Al Shwaihi, Abu Dhabi

8. Fairmont Pedal Power - The 5-star Hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr teamed up with Mercedes Benz to give their guests an opportunity to ride Mercedez bikes on their property. The package includes a helmet, a cycling map along with a luxe Mercedes bike which you can ride along the cycling route. The hotel provides three options for cycling routes, a 3 kilometers, a 5 kilometers and a 10 kilometers in and around the hotel. You can also indulge in Tuesday night races that happen every week on a city level. The rental for the entire biking package is AED 50 per person. You can make the booking at the hotel's service desk to experience one of the most luxurious cycling in Abu Dhabi.
Location - Khor - Rabdan - Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi

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9. Corniche Cycle Trail - Corniche Cycle trail is a fantastic and one of the most famous cycling trails along the coastline of Abu Dhabi. This track will take you from one end of the city from Mina Dhow harbor to the Presidential Suite. There are a total of 3 bike rental stations available on Corniche located beside Nationa Riviera beach club, Sheraton Hotel and Abu Dhabi public beach. So you can pick and drop the cycle from any of the stations among these. You can explore the amazing skyline of Abu Dhabi along this trail or cycle up to the world heritage village. This trail also circles around the giant flagpole of Abu Dhabi which is the city’s most significant and largest landmark. If you feel hungry or tired along the way, then there are multiple coffee shops, Al Bahar beach, Hilton beach club along the way where you can spend some leisure time.
Location - Al Marsa St 147, Abu Dhabi

What are the best outdoor activities to do in Abu Dhabi?

1. Enjoy desert safari - The Middle East is famous for its deserts and luxury. When you are visiting Abu Dhabi the desert safari is a must outdoor activity. You can enjoy plenty of thrilling activities in the Safari giving you an adrenaline rush and a unique experience.

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2. Horse riding - Nothing beats the thrill you get while riding a horse. You can get the utmost Arabian vibe and enjoy the magnificent views of the desert while riding on a majestic horse. This activity is held under supervision so it is suitable for people of all ages.

3. Hiking - One of the best thrilling outdoor activities is hiking and exploring the unexplored. Abu Dhabi has picturesque beauty with mountainous terrain and majestic deserts. You can explore Jebel Hafeet park with endless beauty on a weekend morning with your friends and family members. You must not forget to bring comfortable shoes, a backpack and a large bottle of water on your hike. 

Can I get a bicycle for rent in Abu Dhabi?

You can easily get a bicycle to get around in Abu Dhabi. There are a plethora of cycling tracks in Abu Dhabi and cycling is considered as one of the best ways of commuting in the city. You can easily rent a bike at minimal or no charges at FunRideSports or Corniche or many more biking rentals.

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What are the best adventure activities to do in Abu Dhabi with friends?

1. Kayaking - When in Abu Dhabi, you must definitely try your hand at kayaking as the weather is very pleasant. Jubail Mangrove Park is the ideal spot for both kayaking and sightseeing as there are plenty of mangroves. The price for kayaking is AED 100 per person.

2. Parasailing -If you wish to enjoy the magnificent view of the skyline of Abu Dhabi then parasailing is the ideal way to do that. You can have an exhilarating experience while flying in the air with a parachute tied to your backs. You can also tag along with your partner or friends and go for double or triple rides in the air. 

3. Flyboarding - Have you ever dreamt about flying over the water surface? Abu Dhabi has a solution for it too! In flyboarding you need to stand on a board which is connected to a machine and it pushes through water and air at a high-pressure. You do not need to learn swimming to indulge in this adventurous activity as you will be wearing a life jacket throughout.

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