Over 100 Riders Join NYU Abu Dhabi’s Inaugural Ride for Zayed Community Cycling Event

Press Release

In line with the Year of Zayed celebrations across the UAE, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) organized the first Ride for Zayed community cycling event. Held on Friday December 14 at the cycle track at Al Hudayriat Island, the event commemorated 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.

New York University Abu Dhabi's Ride for Zayed on Al Hudayriat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The inaugural event attracted over 100 community members of all ages from NYUAD and the broader Abu Dhabi community. Riders were invited to complete 10 laps of the 10 km track, for 100km total, with options to complete smaller distances, including a 5km track for children and families. 

Yas Cycles were on hand to provide bikes to participants, and the riders were given free Ride for Zayed t-shirts and sunglasses to commemorate the event.

New York University Abu Dhabi's Ride for Zayed on Al Hudayriat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Following the success of the inaugural ride, NYUAD intends to host the event each year as a legacy event, next year encouraging riders to complete 101 kilometers, 102 kilometers the following year, and so on, commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed, and supporting UAE residents to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.