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Running Dubai Desert. Hot Sand, Cold Camel Milk and two Kenyans

Around The World in 80 Lanes

New secrets for runners: Two glasses cold camel milk before start!

DUBAI: Running Dubai desert was absolutely a unique and exhilarating experience. But also opportunity for those enjoying outdoor activities. with a touch of excitement. I combined running the dunes and the regular sprint with some fast-running friends from Kenya. Yes, I´m on my mission around the world. Dubai was stop and stadium number 16. I have 64 to go before reaching my goal of running at 80 stadiums.

Around the world in sand dunes
Around the world in sand dunes

Dubai’s desert landscapes primarily consist of sand dunes, offering a challenging running surface. The soft sands make running more demanding compared to regular pavement or trails, engaging various muscles, and requiring extra effort.

Dry sand and hot sun.
Desert and hot sun. Travel-reporter Gudmund Lindbaek on the run, mostly in stadiums but also in Dubai desert.

It´s boiling hot

Dubai’s desert climate is hot temperatures, especially during the summer months. It’s important to plan your runs during cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the peak heat. Carry water and to stay hydrated, as the dry and boiling hot desert air can accelerate dehydration.

Norwegian, British and two from Kenya on the track in Dubai.
Norwegian, British and two from Kenya on the track in Dubai. From left: Daniel, Anthony, Gudmund and David.

Scenic Routes

Dubai’s desert provides natural beauty with vast golden sand. There are plenty of picturesque running routes, such as the Al Qudra Desert, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and Mushrif Park. These areas offer a peaceful escape from the bustling city and an opportunity for solitude in nature.

We were too slow for the fast sprinters from Kenya
We were too slow for the fast sprinters from Kenya

Safety Measures

Running in the desert requires taking some necessary precautions. It is advisable to inform someone about your running plans, especially if you are running alone. Carry a fully charged mobile phone and consider using a GPS tracker or a running app with live tracking features. Apply sunscreen and wear lightweight, breathable clothing to protect yourself from the sun and heat.

Desert Running Events

Dubai hosts various desert running events, including marathons, half-marathons, and fun runs.
In summary, running in the desert in Dubai can be an exciting and challenging experience, thanks to the unique terrain and picturesque landscapes. However, it is crucial to consider the weather conditions, plan your runs wisely, and prioritize safety to ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling running experience.

Tasting Camel Milk before start.
Tasting fresh and cold Camel Milk before Get Set!

Camel Milk in Lane 5

After an hour run in Dubai desert my body felt roasting hot – but not hot in a sexual way. This is my serious mission “Around the World in 80 Lanes” and speed-up in lane five is more my style of running.

For this speedy test I was joined by two of Kenya’s fastest men. That said, I did not follow my friends for so long. In this 100m-test I was utterly beaten, as expected by pro runners half my age. That said, I prefer following fast legs from Kenya to off-the-beaten-track dunes in Dubai.

So, lace up your running shoes, embrace the beauty of any desert, and enjoy the journey!
Fast sprinters are always a challenge – but it went better than expected. Most likely because I had two glasses of cold camel milk before start.

Pictures by Per Øyvind Gogstad

Thanks for helping me in Dubai:
Daniel Bornventure at FittGroupMe Sportservices
Anthony Sprange
Per Øyvind Gogstad
David Brian, Dunesrun Sports Coaching Services


Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya online travel magazine. Meeting people for engaging stories. I´m off to uncover the best strategies for long life living. This is part of my venture “Around the World in 80 Lanes” – about travel, run sprint, staying fit! I just want a tiny slice of adventures to feel alive, and then excited to return home.


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