The first stage begins on February 3 with the four-day race taking in some of the emirate’s most famous landmarks as riders head from Dubai International Marine Club - starting point for each stage - to the emirate of Fujairah (179km).
On February 4, the athletes hit the tarmac of the city’s golfing suburbia and the neighbourhoods of Jumeirah Golf Estate; host to the DP World Tour Championship courses Fire & Earth and an official partner of the Dubai Tour. That second stage of the race will end up at Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah and puts participants to the test in a 188km race.
A recent report by Deloitte revealed that sport has a direct economic impact of $421m in Dubai, with events such as Dubai Tour a lead contributor to the sector.
“Whilst golf contributes around 30 percent of the total direct economic impact in Dubai, Jumeirah Golf Estates is proud to further contribute to the region’s sports economy by partnering with the Dubai Tour,” says Jumeirah Golf Estates CEO Yousuf Kazim.
“As host venue for the DP World Tour Championship for seven consecutive years, Jumeirah Golf Estates is firmly established as a global sporting venue, drawing a record number of international sports fans year-on-year. The Dubai Tour provides a fantastic opportunity to further showcase to the wider sporting world.”
H.E. Saeed Hareb is General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council.
“In golf, Dubai is a leading destination for international events and tourism – and we’re working to ensure that we develop cycling tourism to the same level,” he says. “This partnership is a kind of ‘dual contract’ between two of the leading event organisers in the city.”
TEAMS will begin the Jumeirah Golf Estates section of the race at 1.50pm on February 4.
SPECTATORS wishing to view the action on the day can welcome the riders to Jumeirah Golf Estates at the Al Fay Road entrance, as they cycle on towards the Clubhouse.
Dubai International Marina Club will host a fan village, open 9am until 3.30pm.
TO read more about the teams, timings and locations, go to www.dubaitour.com