Length 7.2 km (4.4 miles), terrain: flat
Now, with the summer heat baking the Emirates, it might seem a bit crazy to even try a run, but for the winter half of the year, you can do some nice morning runs in the milder weather. And if you're in downtown Abu Dhabi, the best place to run is the waterfront promenade along Corniche Beach.
|Flowering tree along the way|
So, if you're ready to get up early and head out for a nice morning run, get yourself to Corniche Road, at 6th Street. The promenade here has a little bandstand in a semicircular lawn. Across the water, you can see the huge new Marina development.
|View to the Marina|
This is one of the town's favorite spots to hang out and enjoy cool mornings and evenings, so it can be a bit crowded in the evening or on winter afternoons, so the early morning is always best for running. The beach itself is full of spa buildings and shade-tents, so you don't really see much sand or water along this part.
|More of the promenade: nice spot!|
To the left, you'll now see the brown sand dunes of Al Lulu Island across the water. And to the right side rise the modern skyscrapers of the ever-changing downtown.
|Al Lulu sand dunes|
|In the Family Park|
|Abu Dhabi Beach|
NOTE: you could continue northeast for a long way, for another 3.5 km, if you want to add distance. If you do, you'll come to the dhow harbor, with dozens of the fascinating wooden Arab sailing ships tied to the quays.
|The dhow harbor|