Upcoming Friday, a citizen of Abu Dhabi will start an extraordinary challenge of running from the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi to the Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Dr. Khalid Jamal Al Suwaidi, executive director of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), told the reporters that the man will run for more than 2000 km to give a strong message to the world to run in order to stay fit and strong mentally as well as physically.

Dr. Al Suwaidi is determined to run non-stop for 38 days to complete his challenge.  “My intention is to express the appreciation of the people of the UAE for the historical Emirati-Saudi relations, and the cooperation between the two countries in facing the challenges that threaten the region. Leaders of both countries are aware of the need for collaboration and solidarity at this period of time in order to ensure security, peace, and stability in the region,” Dr. Al Suwaidi said.

He has also welcomed other enthusiasts to join him but he has not revealed the route he will be covering for safety reasons.

He said that his inspiration is his father  Professor Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi the director general of the ECSSR. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi had cancer but defeated cancer and won. “It sets an example of determination and resolve and proves that nothing is impossible in the face of a strong will,” said his son.

Dr. Al Suwaidi completed his doctorate from Kings College London on the subject of ‘National Identity in the UAE’.

He told the sources, “I have been training rigorously from February last year and have covered 10,000km. The training was to make me physically, psychologically, mentally prepared to take up the big challenge,” he said.

A team of six people along with a doctor will be there to notice the health conditions of Dr. Al Suwaidi during the challenge.


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