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10 outdoor gyms in Dubai you need to try in the cooler months
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Dubai serves as an excellent location for maintaining physical fitness, and with the constant emergence of new studios, classes, and racing events, staying updated can be challenging.
We are simplifying matters by returning to the basics with efficient outdoor exercise routines.
AlIttihad Park, Palm Jumeriah
This park offers a tranquil retreat amidst the rapid pace of life in Dubai. Featuring a 2.5km running circuit and scattered fitness equipment, it enables people to engage in comprehensive full-body exercise sessions.
You can even bring your little ones to play in the playground, making it a fun hour or two for the whole family!
Al Qudra Cycle Track
Start cruising the desert at Al Qudra’s 84km cycling track.
This track is home to a booming cycling community with cyclists active in the early morning and late afternoon.
Bike rentals are available at the start of the track and there are cafes to make sure you are never parched.
Al Qudra Cycle Track, Dubai, Open 24 hours
A great freebie for Al Barsha residents, this park is kitted out with all the basic gym equipment you need.
Elliptical machines, pull-up bars, and a callisthenics area combine with a fitness area that rivals that of some paid gyms. Not to mention, the park also has a basketball court, running track and tennis courts.
Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha, Opposite Barsha Mall, 24 hours a day, free.
If you want to train outdoors but hate having to wait your turn for the equipment, Fit Inc has the answer.
With a big selection of weights, bars, ropes, jump boxes and medicine balls, you won’t be fighting for the last 10kg dumbbell on the rack.
Floor 6, City Tower 2 Car Park, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 6am to 8pm, daily. Tel: (800) 348462.
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Meydan Sobha Cycling & Running Track
Pedal your heart out at this outdoor gym, overlooking one of the most iconic skylines.
This cycle track is 8.4km long and eco-freindly. For those who prefer a relaxed walk or jog, they can do so on the dedicated running paths.
Meydan Sobha Cycling & Running Track, Nad Al Sheeba, Dubai
Tucked away in the recently opened Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Native Club has indoor and outdoor facilities as well as a spa and pool.
The outdoor gym has a multipurpose training apparatus and is available for members and hotel guests.
Native Club, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Dubai, open daily. Tel: (0)4 519 1242.
Rixos Premium JBR
For those who can’t sit still on a sunlounger, and prefer to stay active at the beach, Rixos Premium JBR has a solution. Woodsman Fitness has set up the ultimate natural jungle gym, with plenty of equipment and weights to keep you busy.
It also makes a great background for your net ‘Gram snap. There’s another set-up at Rixos The Palm, too.
Azure Beach, Rixos Premium JBR, daily 10am to 7pm, free for guests.
With the perfect view of the Marina skyline and the sea right next to you, what more could you want from an outdoor gym? Well, there’s also callisthenics and CrossFit equipment, sprint tracks, a climbing area and specialist flooring.
Just bring your own towel and water and you’re ready to get fit.
Outdoor gym, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, open 24 hours, free.
The J Club
The J Club is so much more than a hotel gym, with a wide variety of facilities and equipment including ropes, a climbing area, boxing, free weights and a sprint track.
There’s also a variety of classes on offer, whether you’re in the mood for yoga, tennis, water sports or even squash.
The J Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Towers, 6.30am to 10pm, daily.
The Palm Jumeriah Boardwalk
This 11km boardwalk stretches all the way around Palm Jumeirah – from the Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites to the One&Only The Palm.
Anyone can run, walk, skate or scooter along this boardwalk, whilst enjoying panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline and the Arabian Gulf.
Palm Jumeriah boardwalk, Crescent Road, The Palm