2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Footsteps of Thesiger to recreate historical journey

The British-born, UAE based, record-breaking adventurer Adrian Hayes will be joined by Rashed Al Mesafry and Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry, of the United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces, in recreating the adventures of Wilfred Thesiger, the British explorer who travelled from Salalah in Oman to Abu Dhabi emirate via the Liwa desert and the oasis city of Al Ain in the 1940s. 

Hayes and his Emirati colleagues will travel by camels and on foot, covering more than 1,500km. The team will rely on basic provisions, nature and desert hospitality to survive the 40-day trek. They will leave Salalah in late October 2011 and aim to reach Liwa by UAE National Day (December 2), before completing their journey to Al Ain and finally Abu Dhabi city, the UAE capital, around 9th December 2011.
'Mubarak Bin London' (Wilfred Thesiger), crossed Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali) – the world’s largest single sand mass - twice between 1945 and 1950 with his two companions, Salim bin Kabina and Salim bin Ghubaisha of the Rawashid tribe. Thesiger’s travels took him through Abu Dhabi emirate, via the southern oasis of Liwa, through the capital city, and to Al Ain.

Expedition Details
Team: three men (one British and two Emirati), six camels and a support team |
Total distance: 1,500 km
Daily distance: 30 km
Route: Salalah, Mughshin, Umm Zamoul, Liwa, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
Starting point: Salalah
art date: late October / early November 2011
Final destination: Abu Dhabi
End date: 9th December 2011
Dress: Traditional

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