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New 10km hiking trail set up in Dubai

If you’re headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and feel like heading out for a walk, there’s good news. Dubai Municipality has set up a 9.7 km hiking trail in Mushrif National Park, on the eastern edge of the city.

While many tourists walk around the city, or along the beaches, the addition of a specific trail system close to the city comes as welcome news.

With an 8.3 km yellow recreational track and 1.4 km orange sports track designed to provide a safe and secure environment for hikers, the trail opened to the public on June 20, 2023.

Ahmed Al Zarooni, director, Public Parks and Recreational Facilities Department in Dubai Municipality said: “The mountain track in the Mushrif National Park’s forests offers a distinctive opportunity for individuals who are fond of walking, climbing, and adventure to explore and enjoy various unique facilities.”

“In a continual effort to improve Dubai’s appeal, aesthetics, quality of life, and wellbeing for all inhabitants and visitors, we are developing recreational facilities and parks as well as equipping them with all the leisure amenities and components. In line with this, the Municipality has made an effort to incorporate all amenities and services in the park, including public restrooms, safety instructions, and warning signage boards with directions,” said Al Zarooni.

“The trail will be open and free to use all year round for visitors and hikers. It further consists of various sculptures, wooden stairways and bridges, slopes and rest areas, which provide a comprehensive view of the landscape and wildlife in Mushrif Park. To assist hikers and guarantee their safety, administrative and supervisory employees are also stationed at the track locations,” he added.

The Municipality has established guidelines for visitors and hikers to follow while using the tracks in order to ensure their safety. These include ensuring that the emergency communication methods are available and mountain hikers are carrying sufficient drinking water and wearing proper clothing, footwear and safety tools for hiking. Additionally, children between the ages of 12 and 15 are permitted to use the tracks, provided that they are accompanied by an adult.

While the trails are in close proximity to several malls, due to the high temperatures in the region walkers should be prepared for the extreme conditions.

Furthermore, the Municipality underlined the need for hikers to abide by the trail etiquettes and instructions mentioned on the boards, to ensure that they leave the mountain bike trail in Mushrif Park safe before crossing and making way for cyclists, to always walk in the direction of the trail, not the opposite, and to stick to the designated track. In addition, hikers must be careful while choosing the right track level as the orange track is designed to be suitable for skilled athletes with higher levels of fitness and endurance.

The Municipality further stressed that fires, cooking, smoking, camping, and staying overnight are all not permitted.

Jim Cornall
Jim Cornall
Jim Cornall is editor of Walking Post and publisher at Ayr Coastal Media. He is an award-winning writer, editor, photographer, broadcaster, designer and author. Contact Jim here.

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