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Tour description


UAE Dubai Cycling

» Best Road Cycling in the Deserts

Fr SGD2490

6D

300km


Description

Cycling in The UAE Dubai 

 

For those avid cyclists who have been following The UAE Tour 2022 which just ended on 26Feb, you would know it is the One & Only UCI World Tour Race in the Middle East.  
Are you not "wowed" by the desert & "martian" alike landscape?

Imagine cycling through smooth tarmacs alongside those towering sand dunes out in the deserts, tackling the same climb up Jebel Jais & Jebel Hafeet used in the UAE Tour.  It’s the country’s highest peak which offers stunning views of the desert.

This climb is similar to those frequently found in the Alps with a length of about 20km, at an average gradient of 4-5%, with picturesque hairpin switchbacks that will surely take your breath away.

Apart from these 2 climbs used in the UAE Tour, we will cycle out into the desert via the 90km Al Qudra Cycling Track,  have fun in the incredible Dubai Autodrome Racing Circuit & the Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi. 

Next region we have included in our itinerary is Al Ain.  Al Ain has an abundance of quiet roads on the outskirts of town which can be linked to climb Jebel Hafeet (12km at 7%).

Finally, we will drive you out of Dubai towards Hatta, where undulating roads with short climbs averaging 10%-17% up the famous Hatta Dam climb (17%) used in the UAE Tour too!

Starting 24Feb, UAE is opened for quarantine-free travel if you are fully-vaccinated via the VTL route! 

As the pioneer of cycling tours in Singapore, SCT has put together all the above excitement into our latest .

Jebel Hafeet (Al Ain) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

(photo credit: Trip Advisor)


Highlights

> Al Qudra Cycle Track – 90km loop dedicated cycling track heading out into the desert

Experience the wolrd-class Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi & Dubai Autodrome 2.5km racing circuit

> Climb Jebel Jais of The UAE Tour, the highest point in Dubai over 35km ^1350m

> Al Ain Cycle Track with the climb up Jebel Hafeet 12km  ^770m of The UAE Tour

> Cycle up to scenic Hatta green lake & dam of The UAE Tour


Information

Dubai is often not thought of as a popular cycling destination.  Unknown to many, cycling in Dubai & the UAE has gained huge popularity over the years.  The crowned prince of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is reportedly a big fan of cycling, which probably explains the fast development of the UAE's cycling infrastructure & UAE Tour. 

Dubai is centrally located from most parts of the world, & just 7-hour direct flight from Singapore, which makes it an ideal & convenient destination for a relatively quick overseas cycling getaway!

The airport DBX is also centrally located just 30min from the city centre, so you don’t spend hours travel on land to your hotel!

 

Each weekend, thousands of people take to the dedicated cycling tracks, which are some of the best you will find anywhere in the world.  There are also incredible facilities like the Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit - motorsports tracks that are made available for cycling on a regular basis. 

 

The best time to visit Dubai UAE is from Nov-Mar during where temperature ranges from 15-30degC, with the coolest months from Nov to Feb at 15-25degC.  Hottest months are from May to Sep, which sees temperature soaring past 35 during the day.

 

You can read more information at the following sites:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/dubai-cycling-holiday-al-qudra-roadsters-wolfis-david-millar-brunch-a7725451.html?amp

https://www.timeoutdubai.com/things-to-do/things-to-do-features/467572-best-things-to-do-hatta

 

6D Land Cost: $2490 (twin-share, 2023)

Single room supplement (5nights): $490

Cost Includes:

1) 2-way airport transfers (main group)

2) 5 nights hotel (3-4star)

3) Almost all meals (5B, 4L, 2D)

4) Land transfers to cycling areas (RAK, Al Ain, YAS Marina F1)

5) Cycling leader/guide

6) Detailed pre-departure briefing + trip preparation & COVID admin tasks

 

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Detailed itinerary

SCT UAE Cycling Overview:

Day01 - Arrive Dubai

Transfer to a nice 3/4-star hotel in the heart of the city.  Bike setup, free & easy to explore the city 

 

Day02 – Al Qudra Cycle Desert Track (cycle 100km)

Experience desert landscape with IG Spots such as stunning sand dunes, crescent Moon & love lakes.

Al Qudra Cycling Track is a popular destination for the outdoors enthusiast to explore the Dubai desert on a 90km dedicated bike track with amazing views of the desert

The track is popular with both professional and novice riders alike to enjoy the beautiful desert scenery.

Free time to explore the city or more leisure cycling at NAS Cycle Track (Nad Al Sheba).

 

Day03 - Dubai / RAK (cycle 100km)

Transfer out to RAK, climb Jebel Jais of The UAE Tour, the highest point in Dubai over 35km ^1400m

Ride out & back 100km.
At 1934m, Jebel Jais is the highest peak in UAE that offers breath-taking vistas of the desert.  It is part of the spectacular Hajar mountain range formed over 70 million years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates & Oman. 

 

Day04 Mon RAK / Abu Dhabi (cycle 20-25km)

The 8 best cycle tracks in Abu Dhabi | Visit Abu Dhabi

(photo credit: Yas Marina F1 Circuit)

Today, we head out towards Yas Marina F1 Circuit https://youtu.be/SbskUY0NTXM to experience cycling inside the amazing Abu Dhabi racng track.  If time permits, we can continue with another ride at Nad Al Sheba Cycle Track

After 2-days or relatively intense cycling, today we take things a little easier.  After breakfast, we will transfer you out to Abu Dhabi.  Leisure ride to enjoy the nice scenery along one dedicated cycling track: Al Hudayriat.  If time permits, optionally, we can ride another cycling track at Al Wathba.
In the evening, enjoy a brand new experience of a cool night ride in the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina F1 Circuit!
 

 

Day05 Tue Abu Dhabi / Al Ain /  Dubai  (cycle 70km)

Today is the last day of cycling.  In the morning, we will transfer out towards Al Ain, which offers some nice smooth tarmacs.  We will cycle on some quiet roads around the town before the final ride up 2 iconic points of the UAE Tour, Jebel Hafeet (10km, 12%)  & Hatta Dam (2km, 3-14%).   Both are short but steep climbs featured in the tour.

Jebel Hafeet is the third highest peak in Abu Dhabi and the third highest in the UAE. It is also home to some of the most beautiful roads in the country. The summit of this mountain is 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level. The Jebel Hafeet forms a part of the Hajar mountains.

The turquoise waters of Hatta Dam was featured in the UAE Tour.  The dam was built in the 1990s to supply the area with electricity and water to the city.

Transfer back to Dubai for rest & recovery.

 

Day06 Wed  – Departure 

Send-off to airport or own extension tour in Dubai.

The official cycling program ends today.  You may extend to visit other attractions in Dubai such as Burg Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Museum of the Future etc.

(See the official Dubai Tourism Website for more information)

https://www.visitdubai.com/en/


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