Parts of Sheikh Zayed Road to close during Dubai cycle race

Dubai Tour kicks off on Wednesday and will result in major diversions and road closures

Some of Dubai’s main roads, such as Sheikh Zayed Road and the Palm Jumeirah, will be closed or will have diversions in place during the staging of a four-day cycling event which is due to start on Wednesday, February 5, authorities have confirmed.

Dubai will this week host the Dubai Tour, in which 160 international cyclists, including world champion Rui Costa, will compete in a 416.9km street race over four days.

The first time such an event will be staged in the emirate by the Union Cycliste Internationale, Dubai Police have confirmed some of the city’s busiest thoroughfares will be closed in order facilitate the race.

The initial 9.9km stage of the race will begin on Wednesday, February 5 at 1pm at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), with the route set to pass by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Boulevard near Burj Khalifa. Parts of Sheikh Zayed Road and those leading up to The Dubai Mall and Al Khail Road will be closed during the race, which will finish at 4.30pm

On Thursday, February 6, the race will restart at 11:20am and the route of 121km second stage will take in DWTC, Zabeel Road, Meydan Road, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Al Sufouh Road, Emirates Hills and Palm Jumeirah. Roads along the route will be closed until the race concludes at 4.30pm.

The third day of racing will kick off again at 10:30am at DWTC on Friday, February 7, but will include Airport Road, Emirates Road, Al Hubab Road and Hatta. Roads going in the direction of the race, which will be 162km long, will be closed until cyclists pass the finish line at 4:30pm.

The final stage will start on Saturday, February 8 at 11:30am at DWTC. Routes that will be closed for the final 124km leg of the race will include parts of Sheikh Zayed Road, Baniyas Road, Al Seef Road, Al Shindagha Road, Jumeirah Road and Burj Plaza. The race will conclude at 4:30pm.

Last week, Dubai Tour organisers began a promotional campaign to make residents aware of the road closures and procedures which will be place during the staging of the event.

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) erected 480 flags to promote the event, while Dubai buses have been branded with the Dubai Tour logos and details.

Dubai Police urged residents and motorists to avoid using their cars during the staging of the race and called for schools to be closed on Thursday to facilitate traffic management for the event. Around 85 traffic police will be in place to manage the event.

For full details of the race route and traffic arrangements residents and motorists are advised to consult the events website at

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Posted by: SA1

My child is not even on the route for Thursday, and they choosed to closed. Looks like they too did not have proper information and choose to close for the day to avoid inconveniences.

Posted by: Jonathon Hardy

This is outrageous. We are not puppets who can be strung! We all have lives and money to earn, with children who need to be educated. This is madness! Closing schools with such little notice, creates large inconvenience. Jobs and transport issues become major problems. RIDICULOUS! Well Done Dubai. Bravo once again.

Posted by: Jeff Bustlethwaite

Great to see an event like this staged in Dubai, but half a day's notice that half the city will be closed to traffic and the schools shut? We can't all work from home, cancel international business visitors' trips and arrange childcare in the blink of an eye.

Posted by: Hungry

How am I going to get to Brunch on Friday? Will probably have to cycle!

Posted by: Louie Tedesco

Are they going to charge the cyclists Salik fees? This event is a major headache for motorists - closing down a main traffic artery used by 10,000 motorists so a few bicylce riders can enjoy the scenery and have a photo-op! Yes, this also happens elsewhere but elsewhere has enough remaining roads to adequately support the flow of traffic.

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