Stage 6, the Dubai Stage, features a mostly flat route that departs from Deira Islands to eventually reach Palm Jumeirah. The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on the UAE Tour’s YouTube channel.
Deira Islands, 26 February 2021 – Good morning from Stage 6, the Dubai Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour (21-27 February 2021), the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The sixth stage, 165km long, explores the city of Dubai, passing by many of its landmarks before reaching Palm Jumeirah.
The peloton, 130 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:37.
Thanks to Velon’s rider data system, TV viewers and online users can see the riders’ wattage, speed and cadence. The complete list of riders carrying Velon devices and onboard cameras on today’s stage is available here.
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) at 45”
3 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 1’12”
The Red Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by time) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Etisalat (General individual classification by points) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1996) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
A stage that explores the city of Dubai. The race departs from Deira Islands and follows the path of the Dubai Creek to cross the Deira area, passing by Meydan before joining Jumeirah Road. The route then heads in the direction of the desert, taking the Al Qudra cycle path before returning to the city via the Jumeirah Islands and reaching the Palm Jumeirah. The route features very wide and well-paved roads, with the possibility of sand if windy. Two intermediate sprints at km 67.1 (Springs Village) and at km 103.3 (Al Qudra Cycletrack).
The final kilometers
The race enters the ‘Palm’ in its final stages through an underwater tunnel. Of note is a descent and ascent where the road is marked by numerous raised rumble strips, highlighted in colour. At 3200m to go, the riders will negotiate a tight turn. The last 3km are mostly straight (though constantly on a slight curve), with some roundabouts present. The final 7m-wide straight is 800m in length (again, on a slight curve) on asphalt.
POINTS OF INTERESTS
DEIRA ISLANDS – 168 KM TO FINISH LINE
A spectacular mixed-use, waterfront development, Deira Islands comprises four man-made islands situated adjacent to Dubai’s Deira district. The remarkable project covers a total area of 15.3 square kilometres and adds an additional 40 kilometres, including 21 kilometres of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline. Easily accessible from the mainland via road or boat, Deira Islands is also close to Dubai International Airport.
PORT RASHID – 165 KM TO FINISH LINE
Port Rashid is gradually becoming one of the busiest ports in the UAE. Its location along with the facilities available here have made it the ideal place for numerous ships to dock. If you want to get all the relevant information about Port Rashid, then portrashid.net is the ideal place to search. The posts, articles, and blogs at portrashid.net will ensure that there is nothing left for you to know about Port Rashid.
AL SHINDAGHA – 165 KM TO FINISH LINE
Set along the historic waters of Dubai Creek, Al Shindagha Museum tells the proud story of the nation’s past and reverent traditions. The museum’s Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’ is a state-of-the-art multimedia experience that guides visitors through the area’s dramatic development over centuries.
DUBAI CREEK – 165 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek, cutting through the heart of Dubai. The seawater Dubai Creek winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai. In the past, it was the centre of the fishing and pearling industry, which formed the main sectors of the city’s economy. Nowadays the eastern and western banks are connected by one tunnel and four bridges, but the traditional form of transport on the creek, which is still available, were ferry boats.
AL FAHIDI HISTORICAL DISTRICT – 165 KM TO FINISH LINE
The traditional style of life that was prevalent in Dubai from the mid 19th century till the 1970s is reflected at Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, where buildings with high air towers (Barajeel), built with traditional building materials such as stone, gypsum, teak, sandalwood, fronds and palm wood are aligned side by side, separated by alleys, pathways and public squares, which give the district a natural and beautiful diversity. This district, owing to its strategic location at Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai), played an important role in managing Dubai and organising its commercial relations overseas. Moreover, it is still the district adjacent to His Highness Monarch of Dubai’s divan.
DUBAI FRAME – 165 KM TO FINISH LINE
The Dubai Frame is one of the city’s most famous attractions for visitors and residents alike. Much like the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab’s iconic structures, the building’s landmark location in Zabeel Park provides sweeping panoramic views of the city. At 150m tall and 93m wide with a bridge connecting the two towers, Dubai Frame has a unique concept to its structure. Resembling a picture frame, Dubai’s historic district can be seen to the north while the south provides breathtaking vistas of the city’s modern skyline.
MOHAMMED BIN RASHID LIBRARY – 145 KM TO FINISH LINE
A distinguished project to serve the educational, societal, and tourism movements and is considered as one of the specialized projects that’s related with the latest technologies, and it’s considered as a significant mark on the Dubai Tourism map. It is also a forum for a mixture of cultures through cultural services that will be provided by live library presentations, documentaries, lectures, from all over the world. includes a large electronic library database. Additionally, most of the physical books, articles, newspapers… etc. will be converted to electronic versions. The library will also be digitally linked with global libraries to share and retrieve rare, valuable, and difficult to obtain sources of information.
DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY – 155 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Festival City is one of the most famous tourist attractions that everyone should visit.
From a fantastic range of retail brands and department stores, catering to a shopper’s delight, to a variety of cuisines for all food enthusiasts. If you’re staying overnight in Dubai Festival City, be spoilt for choice with 4 world-class hotels that provide excellent service and comfort for short-term and long-term stays.
DUBAI CREEK HARBOUR – 155 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Creek Harbour brings a new commercial hub to the city, offering retail, cultural and residential spaces. Located 10 minutes from Downtown Dubai, this iconic waterfront will redefine the future of living in the city. This new project is expected to reach 6sq/km once complete, which is double the size of Downtown Dubai. Part of this new development is Dubai Creek Tower, planned to be the world’s tallest at 928m. It will house a hotel and 10 observation decks including The Pinnacle Room, which will offer 360-degree panoramic views. Inspiration for the design came from the lily flower – the oval-shaped bud at the top of the tower housing some of the world’s highest observation decks.
MEYDAN RACECOURSE – 145 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Racing Club’s Meydan Racecourse is home to one of the world’s richest horse races – the annual Dubai World Cup. With a purse of US$35m, the Dubai World Cup is the highlight of the city’s horse-racing scene, drawing thousands of visitors in March each year. Capped by a spectacular concert featuring top international performers, the event is a must-see on the city’s social calendar. In the run-up to the glamorous event, races run weekly from November until March. The Meydan Racecourse Grandstand is 1.5km long and seats 80,000 spectators.
BURJ KHALIFA – 140 KM TO FINISH LINE
828m into the sky, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. Completed in 2010, the mighty tower represents the beating heart of Dubai and its brave ambitions. Burj Khalifa’s glass-panelled frame pierces the sky like a rocket, but the view from above reveals its true inspiration: the Hymenocallis, or spider lily, a white flower found in the desert. It was designed by Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the team behind global architectural landmarks such as One World Trade Center and the Willis Tower.
TOLERANCE BRIDGE – 135 KM TO FINISH LINE
Tolerance Bridge is the first and only clear span suspension bridge in the Middle East. Named in honor of the International Day of Tolerance, the bridge offers pedestrians a 690-foot-long walking and cycling path over the Dubai Water Canal. The canal is a three kilometer-long project that extends from Business Bay to the Persian Gulf and runs through Safa Park and Jumeirah.
KITE BEACH – 130 KM TO FINISH LINE
Kite Beach is one of Dubai’s most popular beaches – perfect for sun-seekers, foodies and sports enthusiasts alike. If you’re serious about your watersports and want to test your skills on one of the best free beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach has plenty of challenges. Located just off the Jumeirah neighbourhood, you’ll find high-quality equipment available to rent along the sand.
BURJ AL ARAB – 125 KM TO FINISH LINE
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is one of the most famous landmarks and tourist attractions in Dubai. The luxury all-suite hotel includes a range of fine-dining restaurants, incredible beaches and the expansive Burj Al Arab Terrace, as well as an incredible guest list of VIPs and celebrities from all over the world. Since its opening in 1999, the sail-shaped building has helped put Dubai on the global luxury tourism map. Built on its own island, its unique structure rises 321m, providing guests with an amazing hotel room view of the Arabian Gulf. With gold interiors, lavish suites and some of Dubai’s best restaurants, it’s no surprise the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is often considered among the best places to stay in Dubai, alongside many five-star hotels. In fact, it is often regaled as a ‘seven-star’ hotel. Guests can take their pick from an underwater restaurant and aquarium, a fleet of Rolls-Royce cars on the forecourt and the famous helipad that has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods, Anthony Joshua and Roger Federer.
ARABIAN RANCHES – 25 KM TO FINISH LINE
Set within the heart of the desert on the Emirates Road, 9km inland from intersection 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Mall of The Emirates. There is excellent access to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah from the Emirates road and only 15 minutes to Dubai Airport. You can bypass all the Dubai traffic and go to Al Khail road to get anywhere in town i.e. Dubai mall, Jumeirah or across town to the Creek or OudMetha on the Business Bay crossing. The Dubai Bypass Road is minutes behind the Ranches and will take you to RAK and Fujeirah quickly.
SUSTAINABLE CITY – 32 KM TO FINISH LINE
The Sustainable City contains 500 villas grouped into five residential clusters connected to an urban farm that runs the length of the City. Each cluster is comprised of 90 Courtyard Villas, eight Garden Villas, and two Signature Villas. The borders of The Sustainable City act as the first line of defence against pollutants. The remarkable 10-metre-high buffer zone running along the periphery of the development consists of 2,500 trees scattered in multiple layers. This purifies the air coming into the city and creates a breeze.
TOWN SQUARE – 85 KM TO FINISH LINE
The community is thoughtfully designed in harmony with nature and built to enhance your everyday life. Detailed master planning, integrated services and facilities and a wide variety of modern and contemporary townhouses and apartments for you to find your ideal home. The community encourages its residents to engage in a more social lifestyle with a plethora of outdoor activities.
AL QUDRA CYCLE TRACK – 62 KM TO FINISH LINE
Al Qudra Cycling Track is a popular destination among Dubai’s adventure seekers and fitness enthusiasts. With 86km of track and amazing views of the desert, you might catch a glimpse of local wildlife – including the Arabian oryx. The track is popular with both professional and novice riders alike and is frequented by both individuals and groups of friends.
MOTOR CITY – 90 KM TO FINISH LINE
An iconic community that was once a part of the larger Dubailand development, Motor City has grown into a coveted residential community with picturesque cobbled streets and spacious properties. The district offers a laid-back community in Dubai that is ideal for families and is an exciting hub for motorsport enthusiasts. It is a self-contained community with an array of facilities and amenities. Be it places for shopping and dining, healthcare centres, educational institutions, parks, entertainment or other leisure and fitness activities, Dubai Motor City has an attractive collection of options for everything.
DUBAI SPORTS CITY – 90 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Sports City is the vision of two leading UAE entrepreneurs, Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni and Abdulrahman Falaknaz. This one-of-a-kind development brings together their vast experience in construction, retail and real estate, and combines it with the sporting values and passion for the sporting lifestyle they both hold so dear. Life is the ultimate sport. 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.
JUMEIRAH ISLANDS – 105 KM TO FINISH LINE
Jumeirah Islands is a housing development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, developed by Nakheel Properties, one of Dubai’s largest developers. It lies directly inland from Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, just east of the main spinal highway, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Islands consist of small islands each comprising 16 villas. The villas’ clusters models design varies from Islamic to Mediterranean architecture. They all sit in an artificial lake filled with salty seawater.
DUBAI MARINA – 115 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai Marina is one of the world’s largest, most meticulously planned waterfront developments and offers the exhilaration and vibrancy of a chic, urban lifestyle together with all the advantages of living on the water. It’s a city-within-a-city with a cosmopolitan, free-spirited atmosphere and a unique character all of its own. The development is built along a three kilometer stretch of the shoreline and accommodates over 200 residential towers.
PALM JUMEIRAH – 10 KM TO FINISH LINE
Dubai’s iconic palm-shaped island is extraordinary. This engineering marvel is synonymous with Dubai’s efforts to consistently evolve and make dreams come true. The neighbourhood offers an urban mix of island residences, glamorous five-star resorts, on-trend restaurants and chic beach clubs. The unique island is home to some of Dubai’s top luxury resorts, including Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, One&Only The Palm and many more. There are fantastic fine dining options, such as Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge, and more than 80 restaurants, lounges and other attractions at The Pointe, located along a scenic promenade at the tip of The Palm.
THE POINTE – 5 KM TO FINISH LINE
The Pointe is a scenic, relaxing arena with more than 80 restaurants, shops and attractions including dining, retail and entertainment outlets. Its centrepiece is a spectacular fountain display that will enthral visitors with stunning shows that can be viewed from The Pointe’s wide range of waterfront dining spots. The Pointe brings new energy to the entertainment and dining landscape of Dubai by providing visitors with limitless choices, vibrant experiences and charming views. It’s the one-stop destination for residents and tourists, with a complete range of dining delights offering something for everyone, from gourmet dining to casual family restaurants. There’s also a dine-in cinema, a supermarket, a children’s entertainment area and more.
THE ATLANTIS -0 KM TO FINISH LINE
One of Dubai’s most visited locations, there’s no wonder this five-star Palm Island destination appears on so many postcards, holiday selfies and Instagram posts. You can expect endless entertainment with world-class dining outlets, unique aquarium experiences and outstanding architectural feats at this world-famous luxury hotel. The massive resort spans several acres, offering 1,539 rooms, exclusive suites and ‘super suites’, including coveted underwater rooms. Encounter a world of wonder as you walk through the lobby, with exquisite decor, intricate sculptures and ambient lighting – all in sync with the pervading aquatic theme. You can also enjoy unprecedented views of the Dubai skyline from your Palm Jumeirah hideaway.
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