Dubai Running Tour - The Best Places To Run in 2024

Whether you’re a resident looking for new places to run or a visitor looking for sightseeing while running, this blog will help you discover both the latest top running destinations and timeless classic routes.

Dubai is renowned for its breathtaking skyscrapers, iconic architecture, luxurious lifestyle, and mixed cultures in bustling city life. Beyond its urban landscape and vibrant energy, Dubai is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle among its residents and visitors, offering fantastic running routes and conditions for runners of all fitness levels.

As one of the fastest-growing cities, we hear about new neighborhoods, restaurants, and things to do every season. The same goes for running. From the legendary Dubai Marina promenade to the new Dubai Creek Harbour promenade, this city provides a diverse range of new running experiences every year.

Whether you’re a resident looking for new places to run or a visitor looking for sightseeing while running, this blog will help you discover both the latest top running destinations and timeless classic routes.


  • Dubai Marina & Bluewaters Island: The Dubai Marina promenade is one of the most popular spots for runners because of its waterfront views, cafes, and shops. The path is flat, wide, and well-paved, which makes it perfect for running. Since it’s a popular destination, you will inspire and be inspired by other runners around you. It’s an 8 km loop, so you never get bored with passing the same place twice. On top of that, you can add a stretch of 1 km and combine it with the man-made island Bluewaters to complete almost 10km. Bluewaters Bay officially opened in 2019 to become a top entertainment, hospitality, and retail destination. The island is connected to Dubai Marina through a wooden pedestrian bridge at the end of JBR beach, next to Address Beach Resort.
  • The Palm Jumeirah: This route stretches along the man-made island, The Palm, and passes through the best beach resorts in the world, like Waldorf Astoria, W Dubai, or the newly open Atlantis The Royal. Although it’s not a loop, you will enjoy every kilometer since it stretches from Rixos The Palm Hotel and its stunning views to Jumeirah beach all the way to One&Only The Palm with Dubai Marina’s impressive skyline. One way is 11 km. Select a long playlist on your headset and make it a half-marathon by going and coming back the same way. The course is flat and wide but can be a bit windy sometimes. There are no shades, so the best time for running is early morning or late afternoon. There are only a few cafes and no shops nearby, so make sure you take water and a snack.
  • Al Qudra Cycle Path: While primarily designed for cycling, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers a unique running experience. You can enjoy the tranquility of the desert landscape while running on a dedicated track away from the noise of the cars and the city. If you’re lucky, you’ll have funny encounters with local animals, like camels and the Arabian oryx. The path is very long, so you can choose the distance that suits you better beforehand. The views are worth the long drive from Dubai’s city center. Taking plenty of water and snacks is essential as there’s only one place with cafes and restaurants – The Last Exit.
  • Dubai Design District: Design District, or simply d3, is renowned as a hub for artists, designers, and special events, but there’s another side to d3 that is increasingly gaining attention, which is its potential as a prime location for running. Personally, the best sunset views of Dubai’s modern skyline are from d3. This less-explored running spot provides an aesthetically pleasing running experience. It’s a short, well-paved, and serene walkway. Starting from the Skate Park to Ras Al Khor Flamingo Sanctuary and returning is 5km. But if you’re looking for longer distances, you can include the Dubai Water Canal route in Business Bay. Past the skate park, go under the Al Khail Road bridge, and continue through the land side of Dubai Water Canal.
  • Dubai Creek Harbor: A brilliant new community with a small marina promenade, a bit of beachside, and a soon-to-be busy boulevard. It’s an ideal place to get on your daily run and explore a new side of the city. There are a few kilometers to do, but plenty of good cafes and restaurants to stop post-run. It’s a quiet and relaxed neighborhood so you can enjoy the calm and fresh air.
  • Kite Beach: The vibrant atmosphere of Kite Beach makes it one of my favorite places to run in Dubai. With its long and well-maintained track that runs alongside the gulf’s best beaches, Kite Beach is the runner’s paradise. It’s a place where fitness and leisure harmoniously coexist. You can combine your run with a strength session at the outdoor gyms, join a volleyball game, or stop by for a refreshing smoothie. With easy access, ample parking, and a safe, well-lit environment to run during the day or night, Kite Beach is the mecca of fitness enthusiasts in Dubai.
  • Palm West Beach: If you’re looking for a short but pleasant run, Palm West Beach is a great choice. It offers a 1.5 km track where you can combine a run with a coffee or a meal at one of the trendy restaurants by the beach. This spot is a great place to get some sun and go for a dip in the sea before heading back home.

Whether you’re a walker or runner, a local or a visitor, all these locations offer a variety of running experiences. Choose the one that suits better your goals and preferences, lace up your running shoes, and head to one of these spots to discover the joy of running in Dubai.