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Omani adventure team hikes for national pride

4 Dec 2023 Omani adventure team hikes for national pride By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – To celebrate the sultanate’s 53rd National Day and in a show of loyalty and gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the Nakhl Adventure and Hiking Team – a group of 80 adventure enthusiasts – embarked on a 15km hike called ‘Haitham al Majd’ (Glory to Haitham) on December 1.

The hike, which began at 6.30am, was a testament to the group’s commitment to health, adventure and domestic tourism.

Team leader Ahmed al Jabri informed that the group, formed in March this year, aims to explore new tourist sites and honour Oman’s rich heritage. 

The hike, starting from Al Khadra village in Wadi Mistal and concluding in Al Qura village in Nakhl in South Batinah, drew over 45 participants from various governorates. The hikers proudly carried portraits of His Majesty the Sultan. 

According to Jabri, the event was meticulous planned – like all the team’s other activities – from studying the location and weather conditions to ensuring the safety and suitability of the number of participants. This attention to detail makes for a fulfilling and safe experience for participants.

Nakhl Adventure and Hiking Team’s annual plan includes six events to bolster domestic tourism and promote the spirit of adventure. 

However, its commitment extends beyond adventure. The team engages in community activities, including blood donation drives across various wilayats, demonstrating its dedication to voluntarism.

Its next activity is a collaborative beach cleaning drive at Masirah Island on December 8 and 9, in association with Environment Authority. This initiative underscores the team’s dedication to preserving Oman’s natural beauty and promoting environmental consciousness.

Jabri invited citizens and residents to participate in the group’s upcoming activities which foster a collective spirit of adventure and environmental stewardship.

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