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WATCH: 300 cyclists take part in Abu Dhabi’s first annual falconry tour – News

Events contribute to larger national vision to promote active lifestyles

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published: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 2:39 pm

Nearly 300 riders came together for the inaugural New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) annual Falcon Ride to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation.

A community ride open to participants of all levels takes place on Al Hudayriat Island. Riders enjoyed views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, fresh air and the great outdoors as they completed the 11km cycle loop, with some participants choosing to run an extra lap. Registered riders receive a free annual Falcon cycling jersey, sunglasses and participation medal.

The annual falcon tour contributes to the larger national vision to promote an active lifestyle. Cycling is an increasingly popular form of exercise and transportation in the UAE, especially in Abu Dhabi. The emirate was named a Cycling City by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in 2021, becoming the first city in the Middle East and Asia to receive such status.

Several initiatives have been launched in the UAE to further support this initiative, including Abu Dhabi 360 and Abu Dhabi Cycling, which aim to lead the UAE in its long-term cycling goals and foster linkages between three key elements of cycling growth: Mobility, health and leisure, and sport.

The bike ride is part of the University’s wider community, including NYU’s upcoming Open Campus Day on March 18, when NYU’s campus will come alive with music, food stands, events and performances.

Throughout the day, visitors can tour learning spaces and recreational facilities, listen to talks by NYU’s world-renowned faculty, and participate in interactive research stations on topics ranging from neuroscience and audio production to human-centered design and campus life.

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