For a few hours, bicyclists rule Dubai’s busy superhighway

Nov 4, 2021, 10:35 AM | Updated: 10:44 pm
Bicyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, F...

Bicyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

(AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

              A bicyclist poses for a selfie in front of the Museum of the Future as the sun rises in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A man rides a decorated bicycle in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A drone filming bicyclists on a major highway flies past the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Bicyclists ride on a major highway with the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers behind them in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Bicyclists ride on a major highway with the Museum of the Future behind them in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A man watches bicyclists ride along a major highway with the Museum of the Future in the background in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A man wearing a hat bearing the symbol of the United Arab Emirates watches bicyclists ride on a major highway with the Museum of the Future in the background in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A bicyclist stops to pose for a photograph on a highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A bicyclist stops to take a photograph with the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers behind him in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Bicyclists ride down a major highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              In a photograph taken with a slow shutter speed, an organizer watches as bicycles race past her in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Organizers of a bicycle ride on a Dubai highway pose on the empty motorway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              In a photograph taken with a slow shutter speed, an ambulance and police motorcycles drive past the Museum of the Future before bicycles arrive on the highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              People look at the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers before a bicycle ride in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              A bicyclist poses for a photograph in front of the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              In a photograph taken with a slow shutter speed, bicyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              In a photograph taken with a slow shutter speed, bicyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
            
              Bicyclists ride past the Museum of the Future and Emirates Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The annual Dubai Ride saw authorities shut down the skyscraper-lined super highway that cuts through the center of the city-state to allow bicyclists to ride on it. Organizers say 32,750 people took part in the ride Friday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For a few brief hours on Friday, the skyscraper-lined superhighway that cuts through the center of Dubai emptied of the cars always clogging it to give way to tens of thousands of bicyclists.

The annual Dubai Ride saw bikes race down Sheikh Zayed Road, a 10-lane asphalt jungle that gives drivers a view of the world’s tallest building and other sites.

Organizers say 32,750 people took part in this year’s ride, which began before sunrise in Dubai. As dawn broke, bicyclists posed for photographs along the highway and cheered as they zipped along.

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