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    XC or downhill in Dubai??

    Has anyone ridden in or around Dubai? Considering moving there and really hoping there's some good trails or places to ride in that area.

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    I've worked there on and off, the bad news is it is far too hot from May till Sept / Oct and Dubai / Abu Dhabi itself is flat and featureless, sand, dust and concrete, not very inspiring. However there are the Al Harjar mountains in Ras Al Khaimah / Fujiarah (bout 2 to 3 hours drive), but never ridden there. Better is Oman next door which is very mountainous and there is a small scene, during the cooler periods (October to March) there is great potential there, it is about 3 to 5 hours drive from Bur Dubai to Muscat depending on how messed up the traffic / border is (there is always loads of nonsensical red tape to go through at borders in the Gulf, even worse than LAX).
    These guys are worth contacting Oman Bicycle Shop | The hottest bicycle shop on earth . they can help put you in touch with the locals / expats who go riding. During the cooler seasons when I was there, it seemed like most weekends there were guys going out, riding - but that is a few years ago, not sure now, I imagine it's still going strong though.

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    mvt20ten - What is it that's drawing you to Dubai? Work and money? Have a read of this thread on STW: Working in Dubai - good thing or bad.
    - The seasons blow away, but the love is just the same -

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