MUSCAT: Dr Ali bin Saud al Bemani, vice chancellor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) on Monday received Ahmed Harib al Mahrouqi and his team who are undertaking a journey from Muscat to Salalah on camels.

According to a press release, the journey, ‘Safe trip through the land of Oman’ that aims to cover around 1,000km in 75 days started from Bait Al Alam Palace in Muscat on Sunday, and SQU is their first stopover. From SQU they will travel to Adam via Fanja, Bidbid and Nizwa. From Adam the team will travel to Salalah via Haima and Thumrait.

Dr Bemani said, “We would like to congratulate Ahmed al Mahrouqi for this vital and national initiative to revive the cultural heritage of Oman. This trip embodies the concept of safety and security in our country, and shows that anyone can move from the northern to the southern part of the country with utmost safety and peace”.

Meanwhile, speaking about the journey, Mahrouqi said that he chose the camels as he wanted to recreate the magic of the golden days when camel was a reliable mode of transport for those travelling through the desert.

“I want the world to know what Oman has to offer to travellers and tourists from different parts of the world. Through this trip, I am trying to recreate the nomadic life in the deserts of Oman. I am proud of Omani culture and intellectual diversity. In the past, the journeys through deserts had cultural, scientific and commercial importance. My initiative is an attempt to showcase the historical continuity between civilisations and preserving heritage.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily