Nearly 300 riders came together for the inaugural NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Annual Falcon Ride to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation. The community ride, open to participants from all levels, took place on Al Hudayriat Island. Riders enjoyed a scenic view of Abu Dhabi’s skyline, fresh air, and outdoor exercise as they completed the 11km cycle loop, with some participants opting to add additional laps. Registered riders received a free Annual Falcon Ride cycling jersey, sunglasses, and participation medals.
The Annual Falcon Ride was supported by Modon, Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, and Wolfi's. The ride contributes to the larger national vision to promote an active lifestyle. Cycling is an increasingly popular form of exercise and transportation in the UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi. The emirate was named Bike City in 2021 by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), becoming the first location in the Middle East and Asia to receive such status. The UAE has launched several initiatives to support this further, including Abu Dhabi 360 and Bike Abu Dhabi, which is designed to spearhead the emirate’s long-term cycling ambitions and foster links between three critical elements for cycling growth: mobility, health and leisure, and sport.