Cycle the 7 Emirates

UAE | 30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2020

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. Take part in this unique challenge over the National Day celebration and give back by donating 2,020AED to help kids around the world. Bike rental excluded in cost.

Sign up as an individual or 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)!

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
• 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.

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

 

Individual

Team of 3

(relay style, each team member does 1 day)

Team of 4

(all 4 team members do all 3 days)

Challenge Deposit

AED350 (USD100)

AED900 (USD250)

AED1200 (USD325)

Challenge Expenses, due to G4G by 20th October 2020

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED8,080 (USD2,200)

Minimum Charity Donation due International Humanitarian City by 20th November 2020

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED2,020 (USD550)

AED8,080 (USD2,200)

(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 - 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

Day2

Tuesday 1st Dec: Fujairah 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

Day3

Wednesday 2nd Dec: 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:

Street Child Nepal

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

Kisoro Children's Foundation

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/

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/

Soft Power Education

Soft Power Education (SPE) has a mission to “Improve the quality of life through education”. Since 1999 we have been working in the Jinja District of Uganda, where the source of the Nile begins its journey towards the Mediterranean Sea.

We work in three key areas:

Alternative Education, School Infrastructure Development and Livelihoods

Our core programmes include two pre-schools for 180 of the most disadvantaged children from the communities of Buwenda and Kyabirwa, a Special Needs Programme working with over 130 children with disabilities, the Amagezi Education Centre through which we partner with over 1000 P6 pupils from 12 partner schools and the Earth Power Project under which we focus on protecting the environment in the Busedde and Buyengo sub counties.

In 2015, Gulf for Good fundraised to renovate and paint 9 classrooms at Namaganga Primary School under our School Infrastructure Development Programme. In 2020 we are fundraising to completely renovate seven classrooms at Nkondo Primary School where 605 pupils attend school. This renovation will ensure that the children are learning in safe and inspiring classrooms.

www.softpowereducation.com

Larchfield Children's Home

As a response to the desperate plight of Tanzanian children who have been abandoned by parents – either by reason of disease and death, divorce or other incapacity to maintain the family unit, a group of Tanzanian private citizens decided to register a children’s home and to call it, “Larchfield”, to serve as a happy, safe and secure environment for Tanzanian children who have no home.    

The objective is to build and operate a purpose built children’s home, initially for 60 children, but phased to accommodate eventually up to 300.

Larchfield will be designed and managed to provide a homely, safe haven for homeless children where, despite having begun their lives at a disadvantage, they can grow up to lead happy, responsible and caring lives and be a credit to the community they live in, inspiring others by their example.     

Larchfield was legally set up as an NGO [#00NG0/00005420] and had already acquired land at Mkuranga, (some 40 miles south of Dar-es-Salaam) where there are many disadvantaged children - the lucky ones are fostered with other families. The actual design of the Home is taking shape in the capable hands of a philanthropic group of imaginative architectural students, staff and professionals called “Core Coordination Team”. This team has developed blueprint & drawings of the proposed home. More details of their progress is available on the charity website under “Workshops”.

The construction of the Children’s Home has been divided into three phases. Larchfield is currently working towards the Phase 1 which consists of 4 large units (accommodation) + 4 small units (mama’s) + 1 Toilet block. Each phase has currently have the following structure designations:  

  • School Unit
  • Children’s Unit
  • Administrative Unit
  • Mama's Unit
  • Kitchen Unit
  • Toilet Block

The 4 large units (accommodation units) are identical in dimensions and specifications. This means that the Children's Unit is identical as the School Unit (the school unit is meant to be a classroom), while the Children’s unit is a dormitory. The Administrative, Mama's and Kitchen Units are all the same size but serve functions in accordance with their titles. Operationally, there is an interdependence built in to this set up. This is done to provide future flexibility in the use of these units. 

http://www.larchfieldkids.org/   

Challengers

Emma Taylor

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