Muscat – Omani cyclist Faisal al Mamari celebrated the United Arab Emirates’ 51st National Day with a five-day trip from Oman to the UAE to spread a message of love and peace.
Mamari’s tour starts Thursday 1st December at Saham wilayat in North Batinah and ends Monday 5th December.
Mamari said in an interview with the UAE’s Muscat Daily: “I started preparing for this trip two months ago. My love for my country and the brotherly people of the UAE motivated me to embark on this trip. “
“It aims to celebrate the UAE’s 51st National Day, spreading a message of peace and love,” he added.
Regarding his preparations for the trip, Mamali said: “I do a lot of exercise to keep fit. I walk for at least three hours a day.”
The bike tour goes through different cities in Oman and UAE including Saham, Braimi, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, Fujairah and back to Sohar.
“I carry the flags of two countries, Oman and the UAE. Every day, I start at 6:30am and ride until 6pm.”
Besides securing funding, strong winds were one of Mamari’s biggest challenges on the road. “But I was determined to be patient and work through any issues I faced. I took breaks during the day to eat sandwiches and drink water.”
Mamali has been riding a bicycle since he was a child, and he has made numerous journeys to the various provinces of the Sultanate. However, he described the latest tour as “the most beautiful” thanks to the message of love and peace. “My travels are aimed at promoting tourism in Wailaya and spreading bicycle culture.”
Mamari was accompanied on this trip by adventurer Ibrahim al Farsi, who thanked them for their support.
“I plan to organize more trips like this to promote tourism in Oman and raise awareness among community members about the importance of sport,” Mamali said.