Nakheel to add 105km of cycling tracks in its Dubai communities

Dubai-based developer Nakheel is to spend Dh150 million adding a total of 105km of cycling tracks around many of its communities in Dubai.

The developer said that a series of new linked routes are being created around Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Discovery Gardens and Al Furjan.

Alongside this, a new 10km “super loop” track for experienced cyclists, with a smaller 5km loop inside it, is being built for cyclists on a section of land between Jumeirah Park and Discovery Gardens.

A new cycling route is also currently being built around the Dh2.4 billion, 1,500-villa community Nakheel currently has under construction at Nad Al Sheba.

Work is due to start on the new network of tracks within three months. The Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “It’s a big plan, and hopefully we will execute it in two years.”

Once this initial network is completed, the developer will look to introduce tracks to other communities, including Palm Jumeirah, which Mr Lootah said “requires more time to study” due to space restrictions. He added that Nakheel also intends to include cycling tracks within any new communities it is developing.

“Cycling in Dubai has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last few years, with the government promoting the sport through world-class events like the Dubai Tour and by building hundreds of kilometres of bike routes across the city,” said Mr Lootah.

“Our cycling plan will encourage people to take up cycling as a sport and recreational activity, promoting health and fitness among all age groups.”

He said that experienced riders would benefit from the addition of the new 10km super loop.

mfahy@thenational.ae

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