Cycle the Eastern Emirates

UAE | Monday 30th November - Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Cycling on mountain bikes for 3 days on and off-road through the Eastern Emirates of the UAE. Bike hire can be arranged if required.

Total distance covered 150/180 km

What better way to experience all that the UAE has to offer than cycling through the Eastern Emirates in all varying terrain. Take part in this unique challenge over the National Day celebration and help us fundraise for children around the world. Bike rental excluded in cost.

Covid-19 restrictions will be in place during this activity with social distancing measures fully adhered to.

FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge is empowering you to cycle through the Emirates while helping to fundraise to support education for over half a million refugee children across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, enrolled with the United Nations Relief & Works Agency, as well as Chichuchas Wasi Girl’s School in Peru. Join us to change the lives of children in need and yours.

FITNESS LEVEL: 
This is a demanding test of fitness and determination and requires experience riding a bike off-road in varying terrain for up to several hours per day.

TRAINING:
We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registering for this challenge grants you membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT training programme and fitness community. Click here to read more about soulFIT.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge and adventure experience of a lifetime!
  • soulFIT training membership
  • Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities and hikes in UAE mountains
  • 3 meals a day - can cater for different dietary requirements
  • All water
  • Chalet style one night
  • Tented accommodation one night
  • Support vehicles front and back
  • Bike mechanic on hand to help
  • Qualified guides 24/7
  • Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing & get-togethers
  • Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical & equipment advice
  • Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical & vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

 Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below.

*Cost is based on a minimum of 12 people taking part in this challenge. 

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

 

Individual

Challenge Deposit

AED350 (USD100)

Challenge Expenses, due to G4G by 16th November 2020

AED1,750 (USD480)

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

BENEFITS OF TEAM REGISTRATION:
Work together to fundraise your goal
Your team’s name/logo will be prominently displayed on our site and challenge materials including the challenge banner

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day1

Monday 30th Nov - Hatta Wadi Hub to Kalba (45 km): cycling over 5.5 hours

Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah

We will meet at Hatta Wadi Hub at the start of our Challenge at 7am where we will begin our briefing and get  acquainted with our guides, leaders and bikes. Those that do not have any bikes can hire from Hatta Wadi Hub with advance notice to ensure bikes are available.

We can test try the Hatta Wadi Hub trails in the morning before we cycle 45 km (approximately 3.5 hours) on quiet roads past Munay and Owhala onto Absolute Adventure Kalba Camp.

Dinner and overnight at Kalba Camp in  dorms

Accommodation – 25 rooms available. Two to a room for social distancing purposes.

Day2

Tuesday 1st Dec: Kalba Camp to Fujairah Adventure Park to Shawka Dam

Emirates: Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah

Kalba to Fujairah Adventure Centre – 30km (optional): 1.5-2hrs
Fujairah Adventure Centre to Shawkah 45km: 6-7 hours
Cycling 45/75km km over 6 -9 hours depending on options

After breakfast at camp we will transfer 30 km (approximately 30 minutes) by vehicle to Fujairah Adventure Park whereupon we will be officially welcomed by Fujairah Adventures.

Here we will ride the pump track and start cycling the 45 km (approximately 6 hours) to Shawka Dam in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (known fondly as RAK).

The route crosses the main road (accompanied by police escort) then follows mountain tracks towards Al Farfar. There are 2 steep, bumpy trails in the early part of the ride, the highest reaching around 460m above sea level.

Stopping for a packed lunch on route we will enjoy great views across the mountains and over many small farms. We work our way down on mainly wide tracks to Esfai and onto our camp near Shawka Dam.

There are several different options on this route available depending on the group and pace. Extensions for the fast paced group may be possible to extend the length of Day 2.

We are looking into the option to ride to Fujeirah from Kalba instead of the transfer between Kalba Camp and Fujeirah Adventure Park and ride it through (approximately 30km) which would give us 75km for the day.

Dinner and overnight at Camp near Shawka Dam in tents

Two to a tent for social distancing

Day3

Wednesday 2nd Dec: Shawka to Hatta: cycling 60 km over 6- 7 hours

Emirates: Sharjah, Dubai

After breakfast at camp we start our 60 km cycle on a mainly flat tarmac road for 24km along Sharjah Kalba Road where we detour off at Wadi Al Qor. From there we turn off into the wadi and follow Wadi Al Qor on a dusty and gravelly offroad trail towards Huwaylat. We will have a chance to visit Al Qor Dam along the way for some breathtaking scenery. From here we follow mainly quiet roads to the back of Hatta Fort Hotel and make our way home towards Hatta Wadi Hub where we finish our Challenge.

Notes: This itinerary may change due to changes outside our control. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say.

United Nations Relief & Works Agency

UNWRA continues with its ongoing response to the health and socio-economic emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency’s COVID-19 appeal aims to cover the emergency needs of 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East, with a special focus on health, cash assistance and education.

Gulf for Good are delighted to be supporting the UNRWA Back to Learning initiative which focuses on refugee children going back to school. Over half a million girls and boys are enrolled in 711 UNRWA schools in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, where they receive quality education including flagship classes on Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance. 

Opening the schools at a time of great uncertainty for UNRWA and for the region, and during the COVID-19 era has necessitated the adoption of very strict health and hygiene measures in all their schools, and the planning of various learning scenarios: full return, half return/blended approach (part in school and part remote) and the possibility of fully remote education.

Education is the Agency’s largest programme. UNRWA is counting on the support of valuable partners to help keep over half a million girls and boys in schools across the region.

https://www.unrwa.org/

Chicuchas Wasi

Chichuchas Wasi is a comprehensive primary school for impoverished indigenous girls who attend free of charge. There are over 120 students from 4-12 years old. Cusco faces a lot of rain and sometimes extreme weather and the school currently does not have an indoor facility larger than a classroom for events, sports, theatre presentations, or otherwise. This project is to build a dry multipurpose room for these activities.

In addition to quality academic education, Chichuchas Wasi provide daily high protein meals, on staff psychologist, yearly health evaluations, annual dental care every other year, parent meetings with psychologist, free uniforms, books and safe school transportation.

www.chicuchaswasi.org/

Challengers

Patrick van Ijzendoorn (G4G Rep)

Alia Galadari

Heather Overall

Anne Edmondson

Steve Edmondson

Nabil Habbouche

Rita Gallagher

Emma Taylor

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