Dubai - Thousands gather as Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2020 begins

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Motorists need to take note of road closures and diversions.

Tens and thousands gather on Friday morning to participate in the 21th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.

One of Dubai's landmark events - the Dubai Marathon - has attracted a stellar field once again with the cream of marathon runners set to pace themselves to glory.

The elite fields took to the roads at 6am with the masses off an hour later at 7am.

The honour of getting the day's action underway falls to a stellar international field of wheelchair athletes. Among those starting a battle royale at 5.55am will be the defending champions Marcel Hug and Sandra Graf of Switzerland.

The 10km Road Race starts at 8.15am, while the 4km Fun Run is at 11am.

Meanwhile, The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has urged motorists not leave their vehicles on the roads surrounding the marathon to allow passage for emergency services.

They listed the road closures and diversions during the course of the marathon.

Motorists must take note if they plan to drive around these areas.

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