Dubai: Thousands have gathered in Dubai, Dubai World Trade Center to be precise, in the early hours of Friday to take part in the Dubai Run 30X30 with only one goal in mind: fitness. Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai - one of the busiest roads in the world - have been closed for the event.
Which roads are closed and when?
Sheikh Zayed Road, Financial Centre Street:
Sheikh Zayed Road will be closed north-bound, in addition to Financial Centre Street, from 6-8 am, and motorists are advised to use Al Khail Road on the upper part of Financial Centre Street.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard:
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed from 6-7.45 am, but motorists can use Burj Khalifa Street instead as an alternative route.
The RTA said there will road closures on Happiness Street from 6-8.30 am, and Zabeel Street II can be used instead.
Timings for the Dubai Metro have also been rescheduled to accommodate the large number of participants expected to reach the 30x30 Fitness Challenge by public transport. The metro is set to start running at 4.30 am, instead of the Friday regular 10am start. If you plan on running, get off at the World Trade Centre Metro Station.
The organisers reiterated on Thursday that roads would be closed by 6am while gates open at 4.30am. Get there early or you could be denied entry. If you arrive without registration or the bib distributed, you will be denied entry for both races.
For the 10km race, runners will start at Dubai World Trade Centre, followed by a 2.5km stretch on the Sheikh Zayed Road. The runners will then make a turn on Financial Centre Road towards Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, moving through the Happiness Street towards the finish line at Dubai World Trade Centre.
For the 5km race, runners will start at Dubai World Trade Centre, run on a 5km stretch on the Sheikh Zayed Road before making a hairpin turn through DIFC to Emirates Towers. The rest of the run will be through Happiness Street towards the finish line at Dubai World Trade Centre.