Emirati man Jalal Bin Thaneya begins 5,000km cycle challenge from Muscat to Jeddah for charity

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By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Jalal Bin Thaneya, a 27-year-old Emirati, Sunday begins a 5,000km cycling expedition across six Gulf countries in support of children with special needs.

Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News Jalal Bin Thaneya

Bin Thaneya’s journey will take him across Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

He begins the trip from Oman’s capital, Muscat.

Bin Thaneya expects to be on the road for three to four weeks, barring any problems or delays while passing through isolated areas.

According to Bin Thaneya, his solo expedition, which he calls the “Tour de GCC”, has — as far as he can determine — never been attempted.

“This has never been done before, people are scared to try this. [The region] is so empty. I’m anxious, but I’ve got to finish it. There’s no going back for me,” Bin Thaneya said. More info

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