1st  to  3rd December 2020 | United Arab Emirates

Cycle the 7 Emirates: Expo 2020 Challenge

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CYCLE THE 7 EMIRATES: EXPO 2020 CHALLENGE

Tuesday 1st December - Thursday 3rd December 2020 (UAE Public Holidays to be confirmed)

Cycling on mountain bikes* for 3 days on and off-road through the 7 Emirates of the UAE

*bike hire can be arranged if required

Total distance covered 202.0 km

What better way to experience all that the UAE has to offer than cycling through all 7 Emirates in all varying terrain. In line with Expo 2020, take part in this unique challenge over the National Day celebration and give back by donating 2020AED to help kids around the world. *Bike rental excluded.

It is possible to sign up as an individual, as a team of 3 (relay race style with each person doing one day each) or as a team of 4 (doing the full challenge together)!

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

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COST INCLUDES:

• A challenge, adventure and experience of a lifetime!
• soulFIT membership
• Branded challenge tshirt
• Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities and hikes in UAE mountains
• Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
• Pre-challenge briefing & get togethers
• Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
• Safety, medial & equipment advice
• First aid certified Gulf for Good support team
• In-country medical & vehicle back up

TOTAL COST: AED4,390 for individuals, which includes a minimum charity donation of AED2020

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

 

Individual

Team of 3 (relay style, each team member does 1 day)

Team of 4

(all 4 team members do all three days)

Challenge Deposit

AED350 (USD100)

AED900 (USD250)

Discount of AED150!

AED1200 (USD325)

Discount of AED200!

Challenge Expenses, due by 20th October 2020

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED8,080 (USD2,200)

Minimum Charity Donation due by 20th November 2020

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED8,080 (USD2,200)

Benefits of registering as a team:

  • 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

Register now: Online Registration Form or email spamFreeEmailLink('admin', 'gulf4good.org',true);" target="_blank">

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

CHALLENGE ITINERARY - Cycle the 7 Emirates Expo 2020 


Day 1 – Tuesday 1st December 2020 – Al Faqa to Shweib (25 km) and Hatta Wadi Hub to Kalba (45 km): cycling 70km over 5.5 hours

Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi

We will meet at the Al Qudra car park at the start of the Al Qudra loop at 7am and load our bikes onto a trailer.

From here we transfer 70km by road to Al Faqa close to Al Ain (approximately 1 hour by vehicle).

Upon arrival, we will unload the bikes and start our 25km cycle (approximately 2 hours) towards Shweib on a very quiet road passing by low sand dunes on both sides.

Upon reaching Shweib we turn off onto sandy tracks and follow our route very close to the Omani border fence.

Our trail will loop us back to town where the Abu Dhabi leg of our adventure finishes. Load bikes and transfer 115 km (approximately 1.5 hours by vehicle) to Hatta Wadi Hub where we will stop for lunch. For those who are keen there is an option to use the Hatta MTB (mountain bike) trails.

After lunch we cycle 45 km (approximately 3.5 hours) on quiet roads past Munay and Owhala onto Kalba Camp.

Dinner and overnight at Kalba Camp in cabins

 

Day 2 – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – Fujeirah Adventure Park to Showka Dam: cycling 45 km over 6 hours 

Emirates: Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)

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 Showka 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 Showka Dam.

Dinner and overnight at Camp near Showka Dam in tents

 

Day 3 – Thursday 3rd December 2020 – Showka to Mleiha and Dubai: cycling 87 km over 7 hours

Emirates: Ajman, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), Sharjah, Dubai

After breakfast at camp we start our 77 km cycle on a mainly flat tarmac road to Manama, Ajman. We continue on both tarmac and a sandy track to Falaj Al Mualla in UAQ before continuing on the tarmac road through Al Dhaid and onto Mleiha.

Today is mainly on good quality roads but we may encounter headwinds as open plains often surround us. Packed lunch on route.

We finish our cycle at the Mleiha Archeological Site in Sharjah.

From here we transfer 100 km (approximately 1.5 hours) by vehicle to the Expo 2020 site for our final 10km cycle for approximately 30 minutes along the Expo 2020 cycle tracks to our finishing ceremony.

 

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.


This challenge will support Gulf for Good's work to help children around the world.

In 2020, we aim to complete the following projects:

Schools in Brick-Kiln Communities with Street Child Nepal – Giving early year’s education where there otherwise would be none.

Street Child is an incredible charity, UK based they work to protect vulnerable children and improve access to education in some of the poorest communities around the world. In Nepal, Gulf for Good is partnering with Street Child to work in the brick kiln communities by building schools to provide an education for the children of these communities who would otherwise receive none.

https://www.street-child.co.uk/nepal

 

Improving the School at Kisoro Children's Foundation, Uganda

Kisoro Children's Foundation exists to support the education, health, and welfare of children and families in Kisoro, Uganda. They support the Ineza Center and School on the same compound, providing needed quality education and healthcare for children. The construction of this new center and school was completed in May 2018.

We are raising $20,300 to tile the classrooms, purchase a playground and to furnish the new school.  The impact of this fund will reach 830 students (232 directly and 598 indirectly).

According to the 2014 census in Kisoro, Uganda, 86% of households have subsistence farming as their main source of income. 60% of the population is under 19 years of age. Only 25% of girls aged 13-18 are in secondary school. 39% of children aged 10-15 are working. Among households in Kisoro District, less than 8% have access to electricity and about a third have access to piped water, but this water is untreated. Public schools are crowded, often include physical abuse of children, and generally have no food or clean water for children.

Kisoro Children's Foundation was founded to address such inequities and open the door to new opportunities for the inhabitants of Kisoro. Gulf for Good is proud to be a partner on this project.

https://www.kisorochildren.org/

 

A safe place to play year round with Chicuchas Wasi, Peru

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.

Safe drinking water for children at the SOS Children's Village in Sferai Lebanon

SOS Children's Villages is an international, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides care, education, and health services to children who have lost, or who are at risk of losing, parental care. They help vulnerable families care for their children and they work to prevent the breakdown of parental care. When children can no longer live with their own families, they provide quality alternative care in SOS families.

This challenge will support the SOS Children's Village located in Sferai village, Lebanon to renovate the existing water treatment plant along with other water saving changes to the existing toilets and faucets to make the entire village more sustainable. Our goal is to raise $49,610, impacting children.

Please note that this challenge will support the priority needs of SOS Children's Villages at the completion of the challenge, which may vary from the above. We promise to keep you updated with any changes.

http://www.sos.org.lb/

Questions are welcome!

If you have what it takes then download the booking form, print it off and send the signed and completed form with a cheque or draft for the required deposit to:

Gulf for Good

P.O. Box 506006
Dubai
United Arab Emirates.

Tel:+971 4 3680222
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