Dubai Municipality completes first phase of 50km mountain-bike track in Mushrif National Park
DUBAI, 18th October, 2021 – As part of implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai to transform the emirate into a bicycle-friendly city, Dubai Municipality today announced the completion of the first phase of a project to create a 50-km mountain bike track in the Mushrif National Park.
Set amidst the Park’s lush forest that features 70,000 trees, the mountain bike track has been designed and constructed according to the highest international standards, safety specifications and technical guidelines, in alignment with the unique topography of the region.
The first facility of its kind to be built by Dubai Municipality in the heart of the city, the track adds to the high-quality infrastructure being developed for residents to practise cycling as a sport.
The first phase of the project, which has been completed, spans 20 km (green and blue track).
The second phase will add another 30 km to the project (red track).
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said: “The project is guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the world’s best city to live in.
” The mountain bike track meets the highest global benchmarks and has been built to align with the terrain of the area and meet the requirements of both amateur and professional users.
The project will support Dubai’s broader effort to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle in the emirate, Al Hajri added.
The first phase of the winding track, which is three meters wide, has the capacity to accommodate more than 3,000 cyclists per day.
The track starts from a designated area next to the main gate of the Park and ends at the same point, with three quick-return lanes.
The cycling track is graded by various colours, based on international standards and specifications.
Green represents a simple and easy trail that suits beginner cyclists.
Blue represents a moderately challenging path suitable for intermediate cyclists and mountain bikers with basic skills.
Red is used to mark a tougher trail that is suitable for highly skilled mountain bikers.
Black is used to designate an extremely challenging path which is reserved for expert cyclists with the high levels of fitness needed to ride such difficult paths.
In its first phase, the track features three crossing bridges.
On project completion, it will have a total of 10 bridges.
Set to be an exciting new destination for sports and adventure enthusiasts, the new mountain bike track will also serve as the nucleus for the organisation of regional and international competitions.
A digital map of the tracks will be available for cyclists to share their location and track the route.
A total of 124 signage boards have also been installed.
Located less than 20 km from the city centre and 10 km from Dubai International Airport, Mushrif National Park is one of Dubai’s oldest and most popular family-oriented parks.
Rich with indigenous wildlife and greenery, the 442 hectare Park is home to 70,000 trees and provides a habitat for native species and unique birds.
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