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Cyclist pedals 726km to mark UAE’s 51st National Day

5 Dec 2022 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – Omani cyclist Faisal al Mamari spread the message of love and peace to celebrate the 51st National Day of the United Arab Emirates through a five-day tour from Oman to the UAE.

Mamari’s tour started in the wilayat of Saham, North Batinah, on Thursday, December 1 and ended on Monday, December 5.

Speaking to Muscat Daily from the UAE, Mamari said, “I started preparing for the trip two months ago. My love for my country and the brotherly people of the UAE prompted me to embark on this trip.”

He added, “It aimed to celebrate the 51st National Day of the UAE and spread the message of peace and love.”

About his preparations for the trip, Mamari said, “I exercised a lot to keep myself fit. I walked for at least three hours a day.”

The cycle trip covered different cities in Oman and the UAE, including Saham, Buraimi, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, Fujairah and back to Sohar.

“I carried the national flags of both countries, Oman and the UAE. Every day, I set off at 6:30am and cycled till 6 pm.”

Besides securing funding, strong winds were among the biggest challenges Mamari encountered on the road. “But I was determined to overcome whatever problems I faced with patience. I took breaks to eat sandwiches and drink water during the day.” 

Having started cycling at childhood, Mamari has set off on several tours covering various governorates of the sultanate. However, he describes the latest tour as the “most beautiful” owing to the message of love and peace. “My tours aim to promote tourism in wilayats and spread the culture of cycling.”

Mamari was accompanied by adventurer Ibrahim al Farsi on this trip, to who he is grateful for the support.

“I plan to have more such tours to promote Omani tourism and create awareness on the importance of sports among community members,” Mamari said.

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