Source: ADSC 12/19/2022 12:00:00 AM Share this:

The UAE Tour will return on 20-26 February 2023, seeing the world’s top male cyclists once again descend on the Middle East for seven days of incredible road racing.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East will bring cycling fans closer than ever to the sport that has dramatically grown in popularity within the region.

Having hosted professional cycling races since 2014, with the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour, it was in 2019 that the first ever UAE Tour was introduced, taking the professional peloton across seven stages of racing throughout the Emirates. Previous high-profile cyclists including Primož Roglič (2019), Adam Yates (2020) and Tadej Pogačar (2021, 2022) have claimed the Red jersey, and many other cycling greats have raced along the roads of the UAE. 

The route for the 2023 men’s tour will start and end in Abu Dhabi, with riders tackling the vast and varied terrain in the UAE as they pass significant Emirati landmarks over seven days of unmissable racing. The full routes will be announced in January 2023.

The UAE and Abu Dhabi are rapidly becoming a power-house global sports destinations, increasingly engaging with professional cycling. In 2021, Abu Dhabi claimed the prestigious UCI Bike City Label, becoming the first city in the Middle East and Asia to receive this distinction for its commitment to hosting international cycling events, promoting the sport across the community and developing its cycling infrastructure. Continuing this trajectory of hosting world-class cycling events, the city hosted the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in 2022 and will do once more in 2024.

H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said: “We are delighted to see the UAE Tour, the world class cycling event return to the region next year. The UAE Tour has been a firm favourite in the UCI cycling calendar and these races are a great opportunity to showcase the country’s varied territories and historic sites to the world.”

Fabrizio D’Amico, Chief Operating Officer RCS Sports and Events and UAE Tour Director added, “For the past eight years the UAE has exponentially grown from strength to strength in professional cycling. The seven stage WorldTour race will enter is fifth edition in February 2023 and will once again attract the best riders from all the world. The UAE Tour is always an exciting race as it allows the riders to test themselves ahead of the European calendar races and the GrandTour races and sets the tone of the season to come”.