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Adventurer releases book on rail trips across 30 countries

2 Jul 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Having visited 71 countries and authored ten books on his travels, Omani adventurer Khalid Said al Anqudi has published yet another literary work detailing railway journeys to 30 countries he undertook from 1997 to 2019.

Titled Saket Safar, the book captures the splendour of the mountains and nature in 30 countries including France, England, Egypt, Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The book covers the countries’ majestic mountains, customs, traditions and the adventures of the author that make it an interesting read.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Anqudi said, “I started writing this book during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, from January to May 2021. 

The book was launched in June this year. In each chapter, I give readers a peek into the 30 countries’ natural treasures.”

The 164-page book has six chapters and delves into train journeys within the cities he visited. In the first chapter, he talks about the metro train and its usefulness in navigating and seeing the scenic landscapes without the hardship of mountain climbing or hiking. 

“While one chapter describes travelling by train between the countries of the Asian continent and camping in the mountains, another describes visits to the countries of the European continent.”

He added, “To popularise travel and tourism, books published in Oman need to reach different countries of the world. Some of my books have been translated into German. I am now trying to have these translated into English and French.”

Urging young people to read, and parents to encourage their children to discovery the joy of reading, he said, “Our youngsters need to widen their knowledge about the world.”

The book explains the importance of railways in supporting tourism and the economy of any country in the world.

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