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Tens of thousands of cyclists ride on skyscraper-lined superhighway in Dubai

The annual Dubai Ride saw bikes race down the 10-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, which gives drivers a view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
The annual Dubai Ride saw bikes race down the 10-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, which gives drivers a view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The annual Dubai Ride saw bikes race down the 10-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, which gives drivers a view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

For a few brief hours, the skyscraper-lined superhighway that cuts through the centre of Dubai emptied of the cars always clogging it to give way to tens of thousands of cyclists.

The annual Dubai Ride on Sunday saw bikes race down Sheikh Zayed Road, a 10-lane asphalt jungle that gives drivers a view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and other sites such as the Museum of the Future.

A cyclist with a bike painting on her face rides past the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A cyclist with a bike painting on her face rides past the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates A cyclist with a bike painting on her face rides past the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
Cyclists participate in the Dubai Ride in the United Arab Emirates
Cyclists participate in the Dubai Ride in the United Arab Emirates Cyclists participate in Dubai Ride (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

This year’s ride began before sunrise in Dubai.

As dawn broke, cyclists posed for photographs along the motorway and cheered as they zipped along.

United Arab Emirates resident Maria Guillerma Imboy said Dubai Ride is the largest cycling event she has taken part in so far in the UAE.

She said: “We’ve always done this biking routine where we go to Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, but this is my first time going in this kind of festive Dubai Ride, this is the biggest that I joined, the biggest so far.”

Cyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai
Cyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai Cyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai (Kamran Jebreili/AP)
A cyclist poses for a photograph in front of the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers, in Dubai
A cyclist poses for a photograph in front of the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers, in Dubai A cyclist poses for a photograph in front of the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

Resident Saikoushik Parasa said he could not miss the opportunity.

He said: “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to ride on this Sheikh Zayed Road.

“It’s always a busy road but then for this event they actually blocked the road off and then gave us the opportunity to ride on this main road of Dubai and of course I would never miss this opportunity to come for this ride.”