Expedition from Oman to UAE
By staff - Sat Oct 01, 5:24 am
WAM Abu Dhabi, Oct 3rd, 2011 (WAM) –The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) today announced the (FOOTSTEPS OF “Mubarak Bin London”) expedition which will see Captain Saeed Rashed Al Mesafry and Lt Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry join world record-breaking adventurer, Adrian Hayes, in recreating the adventures of the great explorer Wilfred Thesiger, by travelling from Salalah in Oman to Abu Dhabi via Liwa and Al Ain.
As part of the celebrations to mark the UAE’s 40th Anniversary, the expedition team will travel by camels and on foot a distance of more than 1,500km.
More than 100 years after the birth of Thesiger, the team will rely on basic provisions, nature and Bedouin hospitality to survive the 40 day trek. They will leave Salalah in late October 2011 and aim to reach Liwa by National Day, before completing their journey to Al Ain and finally Abu Dhabi around 9th December 2011.
Abdulla Butti Alqubaisi, Director of the Communication Department ADACH, is delighted to be the presenting partner of the expedition: “Our aim to promote the rich heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi will be greatly enhanced by the Footsteps of Thesiger expedition. With a key historical focus, the expedition will allow residents and visitors to gain an understanding of Abu Dhabi’s past, showcase the beauty of the Arabian deserts and learn from the values upheld by members of the original expedition, which include courage, perseverance and goodwill.
Given that 2011 is the 40th Anniversary of the UAE, the expedition is perfectly timed as a key part of the UAE’s national celebrations.
A key component of the expedition is ADACH’s educational programme. The programme will allow school children to follow online the journey made by the modern day travelers and allow them to compare it with that of the original explorers.” Abu Dhabi Media Company has invested in the project and will be following the Footsteps of Thesiger expedition. They will be filming a world class documentary that will be screened globally in 2012. The documentary will show the teams exploits as they follow in the footsteps of “Mubarak Bin London” and describe the changes in the desert landscape. The expedition is also being supported by members of the UAE Armed Forces, the expedition team will include two Emirati Nationals, Captain Saeed Rashed Al Mesafry and Lt Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry.
The former British Army Gurkha Officer and father of two, Hayes, who is currently training for the 40 day expedition commented: “The Footsteps of Thesiger expedition has been a thought of mine for many years. I have been planning this since my Greenland expedition two years ago. The journey will take place against some of the most beautiful yet harshest desert environments on the planet. Honouring the culture and heritage of the Bedouin, UAE and Oman, together with the extraordinary travels of Thesiger and his companions, we aim to travel and survive by means as close to the methods used by the 1940s expedition team.” Lt Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry, UAE Armed Forces, added: “When the opportunity arose from the UAE Armed Forces to form part of the expedition team – I knew it was a challenge I was eager to undertake. The expedition is set to promote the culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi and I am proud to be closely involved in an event which forms part of our National Day celebrations.