Omani biker con­quers Africa, plans re­turn

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Omani biker Ma­her al Bar­wani re­cently con­cluded his three­year road trip to the African con­ti­nent, which he be­gan in 2017 to spread the mes­sage of peace, road safety and a united Africa.

Speak­ing about reach­ing the des­ti­na­tion of the trip, Bar­wani said, “I have been on the road for the past few years and have sac­ri­ficed a lot. I trav­elled to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Ara­bia, Su­dan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Bu­rundi, Tan­za­nia, Malawi, Mozam­bique, Zam­bia, South Africa, among other coun­tries. I got a lot of sup­port dur­ing the jour­ney.

“Wher­ever I went, people were kind enough to as­sist me with food and ac­com­mo­da­tion and of­ten their ref­er­ences helped me in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and ci­ties.”

Bar­wani said he started his pas­sion for rid­ing to dif­fer­ent coun­tries in the world in 2009 and so far he has trav­elled to 46 coun­tries.

He said he faced dif­fer­ent chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles dur­ing the jour­ney in­clud­ing thefts, an­i­mals, snakes and in­sects, harsh weath­ers in­clud­ing heavy rains and high tem­per­a­tures, bor­der and visa prob­lems, lack of ba­sic ameni­ties like wa­ter, food, elec­tric­ity and the In­ter­net.

“Dur­ing my trips my bike also broke down on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and I had some chal­leng­ing times,” he said.

Bar­wani reached Cape Agul­has in South Africa on the same day when His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos bin Said passed away.

“It was a sad day for me. I prayed for His Majesty Sul­tan Qaboos along with my friends and some people in South con­ti­nent. “When you live with dif­fer­ent people you see their lives closely. I lived with dif­fer­ent kinds of people. I saw how they strug­gle be­cause of lack of drink­ing wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. People live in bad sit­u­a­tions. There are

When you live with dif­fer­ent people you see their lives closely. I lived with all kinds of people

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Ma­her al Bar­wani dur­ing his jour­ney

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