A major route will stay closed on Sunday, February 12 to assist the Dubai Marathon, according to Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).
To accommodate the participants’ support vehicles, spectators, and runners, the road restriction will happen in stages.
The RTA announced on Twitter that Hessa Street in both directions from Dubai Expo City and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street will stay blocked due to the marathon.
The marathon will be held from 6 AM to 1 PM, and the road closure will start at 6 AM. At 11 AM, the road will reopen gradually; at 1 PM, it will be fully operational.
The 22nd edition of the well-known international long-distance road event will bring together athletes from all over the world with the help of the Dubai Sports Council and cooperation from other governmental agencies.
The marathon features three running events: the full marathon, which is 42.195 km long and open to participants over the age of 18, a 10 km road race for people over the age of 15, and a 4 km fun run for participants of all ages.
Several top athletes, including Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa, an Ethiopian star runner and previous champion, are anticipated to compete in the 2017 Dubai Marathon.
The women’s category will see the participation of Ethiopian elites Ruti Aga, Gutemi Shone, and Gelete Burka, among others, in the largest marathon race in the Middle East.