Metro to open early for Sheikh Hamdan's Dubai Run

Red and green lines will open at 3.30am to give runners time to prepare for city fun run

Dubai, October, 08 2019: People participate in the Dubai Run in Dubai . Satish Kumar/ For the National

The Dubai Metro's operating hours will be extended on the morning of Friday, November 26, to accommodate runners who have signed up to take part in the Dubai Run fitness challenge.

The red and green lines of the Metro will open at 3.30am to give those taking part plenty of time to prepare for the start of the event.

The 5-kilometre and 10km races along Sheikh Zayed Road will start near the World Trade Centre Metro Station.

Runners can take in spectacular views of Downtown Dubai on the shorter fun run around the Dubai International Financial Centre.

The 10km route for more serious runners tracks along Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard past the foot of the world-famous Burj Khalifa before looping back through DIFC in the heart of the business district.

The road race was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, with runners asked to take part wherever they could to mark the annual event.

It forms part of the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge that is aimed at encouraging health and well-being in the community by calling on residents to exercise for half an hour every day from October 27 to November 27.

Both races start at 6am, with those taking part asked to arrive from 4am. Runners must cross the start line by 7.30am and complete the route within two hours.

Bibs to be worn during the event can be collected from Za'abeel Halls 5 and 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre until midnight on Thursday, November 25.

Entrants must bring their QR code given on registration.

Parking is available at the Centrepoint, Etisalat, Jebel Ali, Jumeirah Golf Estates, BurJuman, Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and Ibn Battuta Mall Metro stations.

Free parking is available at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday only and some roads will be closed in the area while the event is on.

People can participate in the Dubai Run on Sheikh Zayed Road.

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Updated: November 24th 2021, 10:29 AM