Dubai Municipality is set to captivate nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers with the upcoming opening of an awe-inspiring 10km hiking trail.
Nestled in the picturesque Mushrif National Park, the new 9.7-kilometer walking track is the first of its kind in Dubai, featuring multiple tracks suitable for both beginners and professionals alike.
The trail will be open to the public starting on June 20, and the good news is that it’s absolutely free to use all year round for visitors and hikers!
About the new 10km hiking trail in Mushrif National Park
The new 10km hiking trail in Mushrif National Park boasts an 8.3 km yellow recreational track and an additional 1.4 km orange sports track, designed for skilled athletes with higher levels of fitness and endurance.
The mountain trail will feature public restrooms, safety instructions, signage with directions, and rest areas as well as sculptures, stairways, bridges, and slopes to provide hikers with the best views of Mushrif Park’s landscape and wildlife. To assist hikers and guarantee their safety, administrative and supervisory employees are also stationed at the track locations.
#DubaiMunicipality dedicated a walking track in Mushrif National Park, spanning approximately 10 kilometres. Opening to the public on 20th June, this trail is free year-round. pic.twitter.com/jmpvJl0JWw— بلدية دبي | Dubai Municipality (@DMunicipality) June 11, 2023
The municipality has established a variety of guidelines for visitors and hikers to follow while using the tracks in order to ensure their safety.
Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are permitted to use the tracks, provided that they are accompanied by an adult. For a safe and pleasant experience, hikers are reminded to carry a phone, bring enough water, and wear appropriate clothing, footwear, and safety tools for hiking.
Hikers must walk in the direction of the trail and stay on the designated track.
Camping, cooking, smoking, lighting fires, and staying overnight in the forest are all forbidden.
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 adhere 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. One must also keep in mind to do warm-up exercises before hiking in order to ensure their safety.
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.”
Dubai Municipality had previously completed setting up the mountain bike tracks, skills area, and a 50 km professionals’ track in Mushrif National Park. The skills area has been divided into three tracks – green track for beginners, blue for intermediates, and red for professional mountain bikers.
Mushrif National Park is one of Dubai’s most popular leisure destinations. The 1,300 acre park has plenty of barbecue areas, picnic spots and restaurants on site. There are also sports facilities such as swimming pools, bicycle tracks, and a football field, among others.
That’s not all; the park is also home to the tree-top adventure course Aventura, where visitors can swing from branches and zip-line across 80 exciting challenges.
Mushrif National Park is open every weekday from 8am until 10pm, and until 11pm on the weekends. Entrance per person is Dhs3 and Dhs10 for a car.
You might also like: 11 things to make for a jam-packed June in Dubai