Al Hudayriyat Island (West) - Mountain Bike Trail


Contract Title: Consulting Services Contract For The Design & Supervision Of Landscaping Works Of The Presidential Palace Project – Abu Dhabi
Client: Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Year: 2010

Area: 1,280,510 m²
Expertise: Landscape Architecture
Services: Concept Design, Schematic Design, Detail Design, Tender Documentation, Tender Support, Construction Supervision



  • Landscape Design
  • Sports Areas
  • Furniture Design
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Horticultural Studies
  • Irrigation Design
  •  Landscape Lighting
  •  Signage & Wayfinding


The project site is located on Al Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi, spanning 88 hectares of predominantly flat terrain with views of the western canal edge. It is conveniently situated within 30km of major residential zones in Abu Dhabi. The project involves the creation of mountain bike trails of varying difficulty levels that intersect the existing cycle track on the island. Overpasses are designed to ensure the cycle track remains interference-free, and there are four difficulty levels to accommodate different user groups. The project also includes enhancing existing rest nodes and creating arrival experiences at the main access gates.

Key project components include the development of mountain bike trails at four difficulty levels, landscaping, earthworks, irrigation network, bridge crossings over the cycle track, shade structures, lighting and power supply network, and signage and wayfinding systems. The trails are designed to offer an exciting and memorable riding experience, featuring twists, turns, climbs, descents, and challenging trail features.

The network provides a unique and engaging experience for riders, with options for beginners, regular riders, and experienced riders. The total length of the trails is approximately 15km, including both one-way and two-way trails. Multiple loops and link trails allow for various route combinations and distances. The trails seamlessly integrate with the existing road bike trails through the use of bridges. Rest points with landscaping and shading provide areas for riders to rest and enjoy the surroundings. The xeriscape landscape design complements the topographical experience of the trails.