Your need-to-know guide on where and how to rent a bike in Dubai
If you’re a resident of Dubai or are just visiting the extravagant city, you must know how the roads get jam-packed during rush hour. And, with the rising fuel and fare prices, people always look for a better alternative to traveling in cars or cabs.
And what might that be, you wonder?
Cycling! A healthy, fast, and cheap way to get around Dubai! Plus, you can always find a route that’s specific to bikes only.
So, to avoid the rush-hour traffic, and save time and money, we will tell you everything there is to know about cycling and renting a bike in Dubai.
Apart from that, if you have an adventurous spirit, Dubai is an ideal place for cycling as it has several tracks for regular and mountain biking.
But, here’s the catch! There are several different types of bikes available. Which one should you go for? Let’s have a look at your bike rental options in Dubai.
When it comes to bikes, there isn’t just one type; you’ll find tourist bikes, sports/track bikes, and desert bikes. And each is for a different purpose.
Tourist bikes are made specifically for long-day or multiple-day trips. They are designed to carry all the belongings you might require during your trip. In addition, they are comfortable, sturdy, and can sustain more than just the biker’s weight.
Now, if you’re in for some thrill, a sports or track bike would be a good idea. They are designed for speed, acceleration, and high performance, combined with comfort. So, if you plan on visiting a biking track in Dubai, rent a sports or track bike.
Lastly, as Dubai is a desert city, there are many attractions right in the middle of the desert. Although getting there by car or a 4WD jeep would be ideal, cruising through the sand on a desert bike is what adds to the fun! So, if you want to have a true desert safari experience, make sure it’s on a fat tire bike!
With that sorted, let me tell you a bit about the rules for cycling in Dubai because you certainly don’t want to get fined for having the time of your life on a bike!
Whether you own a bike or are renting one, you should take care of the following things when cycling in Dubai:
- Your bike must have the main headlight and red rear light and reflector.
- While cycling, make sure to stay on the right side of the road.
- You cannot ride a bike on the footpaths as they’re for pedestrians.
- Keep your speed below 30 km/h.
- The bike can only have one rider on it unless it is designed for two riders, like a tandem bike.
- Helmets are strongly recommended but not mandated for street hires; on designated bike tracks, they are a must or entry will be refused.
- Keep both your hands on the handlebars unless signaling a turn.
- You have to cycle in a single file and cannot move in a zigzag manner.
Now that you are familiar with the rules for cycling, let’s rent a bike in Dubai!
If you want to explore Dubai on a bike, you can easily find two main road bike rental operators in the city.
A renowned bike rental company in Dubai is BYKY. The best thing about this company is that it offers single bikes and quad bikes, ideal for the entire family.
Unlike other bike rental services, getting a bike from BYKY is relatively easier, as you only have to provide a document as identity proof, and you’re good to go; no need to register for apps and pay online; this is the simplest bike hire in Dubai! (Just don’t forget to pick up your ID card when you finish!)
BYKY has 7 stations all over Dubai, including Dubai Marina, Creek Park, JBR The Beach, CityWalk P2, Al Barsha Park, Al Seef, and Nahda Pond Park.
The rental charges for 30 minutes are 20 AED. There are different rates for different bike types; if you rent a double bike, you pay 55 AED for the first 45 minutes. The rates for the Berg family bike are 70 AED, and 50 AED for an E-scooter.
Contact: 800-3330 or +971-4-238-4344 | Email: email@example.com | Website: q8byky.com
2. Careem Bike
Careem Bike has a long-standing partnership with the RTA to provide 3500 pedal bikes over 5 years as part of the integrated public transit system in Dubai. Currently, their fleet has around 800 bikes but this will shortly increase to 1750 bikes – eventually, there will be 3,500 in their fleet!
Unlike other public transport in Dubai which can be paid for using your Nol card, even as a visitor to Dubai you’ll need to download the Careem Bike App (Apple App Store | Google Play Store) and set up an account to get your hands on a rideshare bike in Dubai
Once you’re registered, simply take out the length of membership you need then you’ll get a QR Code to unlock your bike – taking as many 45-minute trips as you like.
One downside, renters need to be aged 15 years and above, and under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. If you go over 45 minutes at a time before returning your bike to a docking station, you’ll incur an extra charge, 10 AED per 30 minutes.
There are over 80 stations across the city; this number is increasing this year to 175. You’ll find them in all primary tourist locations across the city, such as Jumeirah Beach, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, and Dubai Canal.
Membership plans range from 1 day to 1 year!
The easiest bike rental packages for tourists in Dubai are daily and weekly – 20 AED/50AED. You can extend this to one month for 75 AED or one year, 420 AED.
Where can you go Cycling in Dubai?
If you’re looking for a safe place to go cycling with your family, here are some Dubai parks where you can do so without the fear of cars coming in the way!
1. Al Barsha Park
Located in one of Dubai’s business and residential hubs, Al Barsha Park is a family-friendly park with a 1500-meter-long cycling track. It has free entry and is open almost all day from 8 am to 10 am, and is an ideal place to go if you have kids.
2. Mushrif Park
Want to cycle around the gentle dunes? Head over to the Mushrif Park, pay 3 AED for entrance (or 10 AED by car), and ride along the 4.5 km loop track through Dubai’s sandy Ghaf forest. You can cycle in the park till 11 pm; however, the bike track does not have any lighting after sunset. You will need to bring your own light after dark, and always a helmet!
3. Dubai Water Canal
How about cycling at the waterfront? Dubai Water Canal has a 6.4 km cycling track with a magnificent view of the water, while there’s an additional 12 km track at a distance. Both the tracks are refreshing and ideal for cycling in an open space.
Things to Keep at Hand When Cycling in Dubai
Cycling is an enjoyable activity; however, to be on the safe side – and especially to deal with the extreme heat in Dubai at many times of the year – here’s a list of things you should keep at hand when riding a bike in Dubai:
- Gloves and knee pads
- Water bottle
- Your ID
- Handful of snacks
- Portable pump
- And the Maps app to help you get around without getting lost.
These were a few places to visit when renting a touring bike. But, if you’re up for an adventure, we have rounded up some amazing bike tracks and mountain bike places in Dubai.
If you’re looking to bike ride in Dubai at a proper track reserved just for cycling, here are some amazing places you might like:
Nothing beats riding a bike amidst the dunes of the desert! Al Qudra Cycling Track comprises 2 tracks ideal for short and long rides. There’s one 18 km path for light cycling; however, you can try the 50 km track that crosses the Bab Al-Shams resort if you want to go all out. It’s the perfect spot for a stopover to refresh yourself for the journey ahead.
If you want to rent a sports bike for this track, you can do so from Al Qudra Trek Bikes, the bicycle shop located on-site. You must pre-book these to avoid disappointment. They have a wide range available including kids’ bikes, performance road bikes, trail bikes and fat bikes.
If you’re looking for a bike track that overlooks the city, the Nad Al Sheba is where you should go! Located near the Mayden Racecourse, this track was once a camel track but converted into a proper bike track some years ago.
It has 3 loops, the 4km one, the 6km one, and the 8km one. Plus, it is well-lit at night also, so if you want to escape the summer heat, you can go there after sundown for a bike ride.
The Dubai Autodrome is a famous motorsport facility, but it offers a 2.46 km bike track too. It is a closed circuit that is perfect for people who are trying to take their cycling skills up a notch. Also, the circuit is lit with floodlights for an exciting bike ride experience at night.
How about we head just a bit towards the outskirts of Dubai for some mountain biking?
If you’re an avid cyclist who’s looking for some off-road fun, head over to the following places for an exhilarating mountain biking experience:
Behold Hatta! A mountain located just outside Dubai where the real cycling challenges await you! It has a 52 km long biking trail with 4 different levels based on your biking skills. With hair-raising twists and turns and rocky outcrops, this track is for professionals and seasoned bikers only.
To rent mountain bikes fit for this track, visit the Hatta MTB Center and get complete cycling essentials for your ride. They no longer have a website but you can call in advance to book +971502013011.
The tracks at Ras Al Khaimah are unlike other bike tracks in Dubai! They are specially made for people who enjoy long routes for technical cycling.
But, for tracks like these, you need to be fully prepped with proper biking gear and other essentials that we have mentioned earlier in this article.
3. Fat Biking in Dubai
If fat biking and desert dunes are your thing, check out our guide to Dubai Desert Safari; many of these operators include fat biking as an optional extra activity in their programs
More frequently asked questions about Dubai Bike Rental and Cycling in Dubai
The cheapest bike rentals in Dubai start from 20 AED per 30 minutes for Byky, or 20AED for 45 minutes using Careem BIKE.
Bike riding helmets are not mandated by law on the open roads in Dubai but are strongly recommended. Specialised bike tracks may refuse entry if a helmet is not worn.
Cyacle is a predecessor to Careem BIKE. It was bought out and Careem BIKE is now the government partner in its ride share scheme.
Careem bikes are described as pedal-assisted with electric motors. You do not ‘turn them on’ or twist a throttle, simply start pedaling! They come with just 3 gears for different terrains so are incredibly easy to use.
Cycling is one of the many activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, and, if you’re in Dubai, you can find ample cycling tracks and bike rental companies to keep up your good habits – even on your Dubai vacation!
Not only can you avoid the traffic jams the city is prone to in peak times, its the best way to see the city from a whole new perspective.
So, pack your gear, whip out that helmet and go bike riding in the high-end city of Dubai!
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