Cycle the Eastern Emirates

UAE | Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd December 2021

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

Total distance covered 180km.

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.

FUNDRAISING: Charity Project to be confirmed

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 5-7 hours per day. It is achievable by anyone in good health. Walking your bike is allowed! Support vehicles with us along the route at all times.

TRAINING: In the run up to the challenge, Gulf for Good runs a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join. In addition, registering for this challenge grants you an unlimited one year membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT training programme and fitness community. Click here to read more about soulFIT, our hilking community and view the upcoming schedule of activities.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
  • soulFIT training membership
  • Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good hikes, fitness and training activities in UAE
  • Fundraising approval and support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing and get-togethers
  • Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical and equipment advice
  • Internal flights and transfers
  • Accommodation, food and water
  • Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified, Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical and vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

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

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

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

  • On registration: AED300 (USD80) deposit toward the Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) paid to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge
  • 1st November: AED1,500 (USD410), remaining balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • 25th November: Your Charity Donation paid to International Humanitarian City

 (USD1 = AED3.67)

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 will be subject to approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department once a charity project has been identified.

Day1

Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Hatta Wadi Hub to Fujairah Adventure Park (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 Wolfi's Bike Shop, Global Climbing or Cycle Hub with advance notice to ensure bikes are available. Please let us know if you are not able to hire a bike.

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

We then continue on along the corniche towards Fujairah Adventure Centre where we will have set up tents with mats (30km, 1.5-2hrs).

Dinner and overnight at Fujairah Adventure Centre in Tents

Accommodation – Single occupancy in tents provided for social distancing purposes. Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.

Day2

Thursday 2nd December 2021: Fujairah Adventure Park to Shawka Dam

Emirates: Fujairah, RAK

Cycling 45/75km over 6-9 hours depending on optional additional kms for those with the energy!

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

The route crosses the main road then follows mountain tracks towards Al Farfar. There are two 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.

Dinner and overnight at Camp near Shawka Dam in tents

Accommodation – Single occupancy in tents provided for social distancing purposes. Please bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.

Day3

Friday 3rd December 2021: Shawka to Hatta: cycling 60 km over 6- 7 hours

Emirates: Sharjah, Dubai

After breakfast at camp we start our 60km 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 off road 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.

To be confirmed nearer the time

Andy Jackson

Robert Aitken

Luma Hamed

Leen Almasod

Abas Faraj

Elaine Fattal

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