Eight awesome outdoor workout spots in Dubai

Before it gets too hot again, here’s where you can break out of the gym and work up a sweat in the great outdoors.


Run or cycle at District One, Meydan

Things to do outdoors Meydan

Bike owners, this 8.4 kilometre track near Meydan is a great way to stretch your legs.

The picturesque route might not share the cycle hire facilities of its big brother at Al Qadra, but it does have some great views over Downtown Dubai and is lit with solar-powered lights, so it can be used after dark.

Alternatively, pound the 4-metre wide running track, where there are plenty of break areas to take a timeout and enjoy the scenic surroundings.



Bootcamp in the park (locations around Dubai)

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Are burpees any easier when they’re done on fresh green grass? Probably not, but these outdoor group workouts by Universal Fitness promise to to shape you up with an energetic hour of exercise.

Find them at Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay, on Sundays and Tuesdays at 8pm; Southridge Park Downtown on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8.30am; Zabeel Park (gate one) at 6.15am Mondays and Wednesdays; Uptown Mirdiff Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm; Al Barsha Pond Park on Sundays and Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 8am.

First class is free, AED 80 after that and packages are available. universalfitness.ae


Yoga at The Beach

Yoga The Beach things to do outdoors

Make the most of the cooler weather from the moment you get up and join free yoga sessions by the sea.

Pack a yoga mat, towel and water, then head to the South Lawn (near the kids’ play area) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7am to 8am.

Classes are first-come-first-served, and suitable for all levels, so skip the snooze button and get there early.



AquaSpin, Fairmont the Palm


Immerse yourself in Fairmont’s outdoor pool and pedal against the water, while stunning views of the Dubai skyline distract from your burning muscles.

By the end of our class, we were breaking a sweat and our legs felt like jelly. We’ve been for spin classes before, and Aquaspin is nothing like it.

Classes AED 75. For more info, visit www.fairmont.com or call 04 457 3330.


Outdoor climbing wall at Dubai World Trade Centre


Head for heights? Not everyone know there’s an outdoor climbing wall at DWTC, but at 15 metres, it’s the tallest in the UAE.

As hot air goes skywards, it’s probably a good idea to try this excellent arm workout before Dubai gets too toasty.

Dorell Sports Services Climbing Wall. The Club of Dubai World Trade Centre. dorellsports.com/climbing/04 306 5061. 2pm-10pm. One hour introductory session: AED 60.


Street workout park, Skydive Dubai

Swing, grapple, climb and hang from the bright yellow bars of this popular 24/7 al fresco workout area.

You’ll need to set your own exercise routine, or download a fitness app, but it’s completely free to use the pull up bars, parallel bars, monkey bars and abs bench.

This calisthenics park also has great views over the coast and Dubai Marina.


Volleyball courts, Kite Beach

volleyball court Dubai outdoor workout

Grab some friends and challenge them to eat sand!

The volleyball courts at Kite Beach are always busy with players of all skill levels.

Floodlights mean you can play until late and a courtyard of kiosks will keep you well stocked with refreshments.

No-one to play with? This friendly group regularly hits the nets. www.meetup.com


Explore Dubai on a rented bike

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Scoot round the city on these jazzy blue hire bikes while the weather allows.

You’ll need to call a hotline before you can hop on to one of these ‘Boris Bike’ style two wheelers, but it’s an inexpensive way to get some exercise and see the city.

Just remember to return your metal steed to an official location, or you’ll be charged.

From AED 15 for 30 minutes-AED 80 for 24 hours. Downtown Dubai, The Palm and Dubai Marina. www.bykystations.com


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