Pakistani expat to walk across seven emirates

Published:  27 Nov at 3 PM
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A Pakistani expat in UAE has spoken of his plans to walk 350kms across the seven emirates to mark the country’s national day.

Fifty-one-year-old Mohammad Malek, a Dubai-based carpenter, said he achieved the feat in 2013 and aimed to do the same again because he wanted to draw attention to the fact that the Middle Eastern country was one of the world’s most peaceful nations.

Malek revealed that it would take him one week to complete the journey, starting on 26 November in Fujairah and finishing on 2 December in the capital, Abu Dhabi. He explained that he would stop for breaks at petrol stations, where he would eat a bit before moving on, adding that he would only rest and sleep for a few hours a day.

The enthusiastic walker said that he would be carrying a little bit of money, his phone and the flag of the UAE. He pointed out that even walking alone at night in UAE there would be nothing to be scared of as it was so safe, revealing that he used to work in the forest in his homeland where there would be no one around for miles.

Speaking of his last journey across the emirates, Malek said he suffered from blisters on his feet and was forced to buy new shoes to help him complete the trip. He also shed a 10kg bag of supplies when it got too heavy for him to carry. However, he described it as a “great experience” as people were cheering him on and stopping him for photos.

Malek, who has resided in the country for nine years, said he loved the UAE and had never even seen a fight there. He noted that it was a model for all Muslim and Arab countries to follow in order to achieve peace, so he wanted to bring attention to it.
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