The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 27 February 2019 – مرحباً (Marhaban!) from Stage 4, the Dubai Municipality Stage, of the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour (24 February – 2 March 2019), the only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The stage finish on Hatta Dam is expected to suit the best finisseurs in the peloton.
The peloton, 138 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11:47. Dossard nr 123, Ama Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul (Team Dimension Data) did not start.
During the stage, 36 points are the maximum available for the Green Jersey (144 left in the race) and 16 for the Black Jersey (64 left in the race). There are a maximum available of 16″ time bonuses too, 3″ in each of the two intermediate sprints and 10″ on the finish line.
Dubai (11.50 – Start): Scattered clouds 22°C. Wind: weak – 8kmh, NNE.
Hatta (16.40 – Finish): Scattered clouds 27°C. Wind: weak – 10kmh, SSE.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Emirates (General individual classification by time) – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by points) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1994) – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo) – Jersey worn by Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk)
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 14″
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) at 31″
Stage 4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE – Palm Jumeirah-Hatta Dam – 197km
The longest stage of the UAE Tour, this is another classic route in the Emirates, having been raced before as the most difficult stage of the Dubai Tour, and having remained virtually unchanged since the first edition of that race. Only the start has been modified, departing from Palm Jumeirah. After the first part through the desert the route hits the Hajar Mountains. Here, the last hills from the gates of Hatta peak at the suffocating final tier of the Hatta Dam with its gradients that touch 17%.
The last 3km are continuously climbing with a series of curves until the final climb to the top of the dam: a short, punchy 200m wall with gradients between 12% and 17%. Final straight is 150m long and 5m wide on tarmac.
1 – THE POINTE
A new, USD220 million waterfront dining, leisure and entertainment hub on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, The Pointe opened last December with a sell-out live concert by global icon Enrique Iglesias. The destination has 70 restaurants, shops and entertainment outlets offering cuisines and experiences from across the world.
2 – PALM JUMEIRAH
Currently the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah, the 240-metre Palm Tower is a new landmark for Dubai. Featuring a St Regis hotel, luxury residences, one of the world’s highest rooftop infinity swimming pools and a public viewing deck, Palm Tower offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation and exclusive leisure facilities – with the some of the best views in Dubai.
3 – THE WORLD
The World is an iconic collection of 300 islands in the shape of the globe, located 4.5km off the coast of Dubai. The project is nine km long and seven km wide, and has added 232 km of beachfront to Dubai’s coastline and provided 10 million sq meters of area for the development of hotels, resorts and residences. The World is protected by a 27km long breakwater, which is also one of Dubai’s most popular destinations for scuba diving.
4 – SKYDIVE DUBAI
Skydive Dubai is the world’s premier skydiving brand, known for its extraordinary and innovative pursuit of excellence in aerial sports and for two of the foremost skydiving locations worldwide. Its Palm Dropzone, neighbouring the iconic Palm Jumeirah, is located on the coast in the Mina Seyahi area between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), and is the perfect place for tandem skydiving or for skydivers with advanced skills to fun jump. It has a drop zone of 260,000 square metres and a 42,000-square metre runway that extends into the Arabian Gulf, as well as a full gear store with everything skydivers need, whether catering to newbies or a seasoned pro. Staff have an average of 7,000 jumps and have 10 years’ experience. Skydive Dubai also has a second dropzone, Desert Campus, located off the Dubai – Al Ain road (E66) near Margham, which is 35 km away from the heart of Dubai and approximately an hour and a half drive from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Starting out with just a runway in 2010, the Desert Campus has transformed over the years into a modern skydiving dropzone where people enjoy tandem skydives, learn to skydive solo, just skydive for fun and receive top level coaching (individuals, teams and pros) for any discipline in the sport. The Desert Campus swoop pond allows for training over the water in either direction and boasts a new building devoted to team training. Athletes from all over the world travel to the Desert Campus dropzone to train with our staff. The Skydive Dubai exhilarating offering also extends to gyrocopters, paramotors and Inflight Dubai, the largest and tallest wind tunnel in the world. In the immediate perimeter of the Palm dropzone, just steps away from the dropzone, is Zero Gravity, an unmatched beach, bar and restaurant which offers a unique and exclusive space to bliss out, gather and dine in outstanding surroundings, overlooking exceptional views. Also not to miss is the fully-equipped outdoor gym.
5 – THE BEACH
Set against the fresh blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, The Beach embodies urban living at its sunny best – the latest entertainment, delicious cuisine, water sports, a 600-metre running track, a fully-equipped outdoor gym that offers classes and some of the city’s best and most unique shops.
6 – DUBAI SPORTS CITY
The ultimate sport-inspired community, Dubai Sports City offers residential and commercial real estate along with the best sporting venues in Dubai; from cricketing facilities and FIFA-approved football pitches to an 18-hole golf course designed by Ernie Els.
7 – MOTOR CITY
Motor City celebrates modern man’s fascination with the automobile and all it suggests: the freedom of movement, the thrill of speed, the sleekness of aerodynamic design, the efficiency of cutting-edge engineering, the promise of technological progress. A year-round destination for motor sports fans worldwide, Motor City offers a wonderland of experiences for all age groups and gender, a truly distinctive place to live, work and play.
8 – HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SPORTS COMPLEX
A modern, integrated stadium for water sports, and track and field. Interior and exterior architecture draws on traditional Arab culture. 24 hectares, seating for 15,000 people: the complex can host 13 different sports. It has two Olympic pools, each with moveable floors to allow conversion to a 25-metre pool and a diving pool.
9 – AL MARMOOM RESERVE
The reserve spans 10% of the emirate of Dubai’s total area – and will introduce more than 20 environmental, cultural and sports-related initiatives, sponsored by nine Dubai government agencies. Enjoying over 40 hectares of shrubland and fertile area, the reserve is home to over 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, and over 10 km of lakes, encompassing the Al Qudra Lakes. The new project will include 10 animal and bird observation platforms, star and sunset observations decks, areas for yoga, an outdoor theatre that can host 350-person events, and will be powered by a 5,000 megawatt solar power complex. This project reflects Dubai’s development goals to preserve the local environment, including the nature of the desert, and to enhance its aestheticism, as well as to provide a natural habitat for threatened wildlife through its natural reserves. It is home to 26 species of reptiles, nine mammal species, and 39 species of plants. It provides a sanctuary for 19 species of endangered animals and birds. It has the highest concentration of large flamingos in a desert region in the country, with 300 to 500 birds. It also welcomes 158 species of migratory birds every year, hosting them along 10 sq km of wetland. It contains one of the richest Houbara Bustard colonies in the region, and is home to one of the largest Arabian gazelle herds in the UAE. The Marmoom Reserve is also the site of the important Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site, which dates back over 3,000 years to the Iron Age. The reserve will host more than 20 projects and environmental, recreational, sports, tourism and educational programmes that will engage people in unique experiences throughout the year. When complete, The Marmoom Reserve will feature more than 10 observation decks scattered across the grounds in different locations, allowing for maximum observation of nature in its various elements. Among these decks is a location to observe the Arabian gazelles, erected on the top of a slope in order to provide a panoramic view. The observation decks will be built in the shape of Arabian Oryx heads, and will blend in harmoniously with the surrounding environment to not disrupt the wildlife. There will be several decks to observe birds, including a bird’s nest themed deck, which will allow people to observe the birds without confusing or disrupting them. The Bird’s Nest platform will be located on the edge of the park’s water bodies, offering beautiful scenery for photography. Several platforms will be erected in order to provide a space for meditation and relaxation, surrounded by peaceful and beautiful landscape. The platforms will take up 1,500 sq m, and will be inspired by the sand dunes of the desert. The yoga practice hall will be shaded by a sand-dune designed cover, which will provide protection from the sun for yoga practitioners and yet preserve the beautiful view, especially during sunrise and sunset. An air-conditioned yoga lounge will also offer a spectacular view of the desert with all its captivating charm. Another multi-level outdoor podium for yoga will also open, allowing people to practice outside amidst the desert nature where practitioners can relax in the serene environment and take in the beauty. For astronomy enthusiasts, five-star observation decks will be included, in an order inspired by the solar system. The decks’ unique locations in the middle of the desert will offer clear visibility. The location will be far from the noise of the city, and will be a true experience for people who are looking to star gaze. The Marmoom Reserve will also be an incubator for the largest plant nursery in the UAE, covering an area of 40 hectares. The nursery will also serve as a training and educational centre for school and university students, researchers and academics in the field. Clean energy will be produced over the protected facilities through the Shams Dubai initiative for the installation of a photovoltaic solar system. Green Charger stations will be installed at the Electric Vehicle Park to encourage people to use environmentally friendly vehicles. It will host more than 20 annual sporting events, which will attract an estimated 20,000 participants.
10 – DUBAI CYCLING TRACK
The Dubai Cycling Track in Al Marmoom is a world class purpose built cycle path boasting amazing views of Dubai’s desert dunes, riders may also catch a glimpse of some local wildlife like the oryx or horse riders along the path. By 2030, the Road Traffic Authority intends to complete 900km of dedicated cycle paths and bike lanes in Dubai.
11 – LAST EXIT
Last Exit is a first-of-its-kind themed food truck concept offering a selection of fresh and tasty gourmet street food in a chilled, fun, and convenient atmosphere. Each location has its own unique theme created using upcycled materials, with entertainment for all ages to explore and discover, and a range of convenient services and amenities available 24/7. Last Exit currently includes four destinations – Last Exit E11 and Last Exit Mad X on Sheikh Zayed Road, Last Exit D63 in Al Qudra, and Last Exit D89 in Al Khawaneej.
12 – AL MARMOOM LAKES
Located in the Seih Al Salam desert, next to the Dubai cycling track, Al Marmoom Lake is a man-made area of lakes, 10 hectares large, home to more than 130 species of exciting birds. Al Marmoom is part of a project to green and enrich that part of the desert of Dubai. Here you can find glossy ibis, caspian plover, sanderling, ruddy turnstone, gull-billed tern and migratory birds like Eurasian wryneck, rosy starling, common starling, shrikes, wheatears, eagles and falcons.
13 – FOSSIL ROCK
Officially called Jebel Maleihah, this large outcrop is better known as Fossil Rock, after the abundance of marine fossils that were created at a time when much of Arabia was covered by water, and can now be found on its slopes.
14 – HAJAR MOUNTAINS
The Hajar Mountains divide the low coastal plain of the UAE and Oman from the high desert plateau. Those mountains are an important eco region, being the only habitat above 2,000m elevation in the area. Unlike the rest of Arabia, they host plant life with a number of endemic species. Many fruit trees are grown in the cooler valleys, while numerous birds are found in the mountains along with some mammals such as the mountain gazelles.
15 – HATTA HERITAGE VILLAGE
Hatta Heritage Village is a reconstruction of a traditional mountain village located in Hatta, in the Al Hajar Mountains.The mosque and houses within Hatta Heritage Village were originally constructed from materials such as mud, palm tree trunks and fronds (barasti), reeds, and stone. The village consists of 30 buildings, many of which have interior furnishings typical of the UAE in the period prior to development in the 1960s onwards.
16 – HATTA HILL PARK
Hatta Hill Park, located on a high hill in Hatta area, was created to serve the residents of the surrounding area, by that, Dubai Municipality has made a quantum leap and added green and entertainment areas in the Emirate of Dubai. The mountainous natural green areas are used for picnics and family gatherings. The park has designated areas for barbecue, children’s play areas, walkways, shaded areas with wooden benches, workout devices and sports yards.
17 – HATTA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL CENTER
Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, an initiative backed by Dubai Municipality, is a first MTB Centre in the Middle East, and is a home to multiple cross country route of various grades that cater to all levels of ability from absolute beginners to experienced riders. The Hatta Trails are free to ride and self-guided with clear markers and are open all year round. Brave visitors can choose to tackle the trails on their own or join the many hobby groups, some of which meet for weekly rides. Give yourself two-three hours for a riding session, with stops to enjoy the lush surroundings. Hatta is also the centre of a planned packed mountain biking calendar, with endurance challenges, professional races and amateur events. The current facilities include camping, picnic areas, Wadi pools, view point, playground, bathrooms/showers, and parking.
18 – HATTA WABI HUB
Hatta Wadi Hub is a trailer-style hotel. The activities on offer include both paid and free options that range from mountain bike (MTB) coaching and rentals, to downhill carting, a human sling shot, axe throwing, archery, freefall jumps, Dr Rock station, adventure rope courses, rope bridge, wall climbing, kids and adult’s trampolines, as well as twin and kids zip lines, among others.
19 – HATTA DAM
A popular picnic and tourist destination, this dam with scenic mountain views features a big lake for kayaking. Hatta Dam was built in 1990’s to supply the area with electricity and water. Hatta Kayak is a favourite spot for kayaking in UAE. The Hatta Dam is a calm respite from the busy and buzzing city of Dubai. Surrounded by mountains and filled with stunning turquoise water, it’s even a stark contrast to the desert sands you’ll pass on the route to Hatta.
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