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Crossing the Empty Quarter February 2017

Crossing the Empty Quarter

Summary of presentation
“It is the largest sand desert in the world. A hundred years ago it was the last great unknown”. In 1930 a small team of men, guided by Omani Sheikh Salih bin Kalut, led British explorer Bertram Thomas on the first recorded crossing of this magnificent but dangerous landscape. Challenged by the unknown, they walked for nearly 1,300 kilometers from the coast of Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the coast of Qatar. Now, 85 years later, another team of Omanis is taking on the challenge – leading British explorer Mark Evans across the same stretch of desert.

Biography of Mark Evans
Evans is the Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman, the only Outward Bound School in the Arab world. He has a passion for historical exploration; recent expeditions have seen him leading a two man crossing the Greenland Ice-Cap on the trail of Nansen, and the first ever overland journey in the Arctic by the British Navy in 1827. For the past 20 years Mark has lived in the Middle East, where he explored and travelled extensively in Saudi Arabia. In Oman, he recently completed a 55 day solo kayak journey along the coast from Musandam to the border with Yemen.

Biography of Mohamed Al Zadjali
Mohammed comes from Al Musanah, near Muscat in Oman. He is training manager at Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi. Mohammed spends much of his time instructing and leading groups of young people, and corporates, on challenging outdoor journeys to help develop the key skills of leadership and communication, to enhance their employability and improve their performance. To commemorate the Empty Quarter journey, Mohammed’s first son, born earlier this year, was named after Sultan Taimur.

Event details
The event is open to the public.

Date: Tuesday 14th February (Mark Evans, English) and Wednesday 15th February (Mohamed Al Zadjali, Arabic)
Location: Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs Headquarter, Theater Hall - Ministry Street, Muscat, Oman
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm; lecture starts at 7:30 pm
Lecturers: Mark Evans and Mohamed Al Zadjali

Please confirm your attendance through this link (Ctrl+click to follow link).

PS: Coffee and tea will be served before the talk. Please bring your own mug as we will not be serving with plastic or paper cups.

Location to Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs Headquarters:
From Seeb: Muscat airport keep going straight until you pass by Avenues mall then take the first exit on your right after Oman Oil Petrol Station, keep going straight to the roundabout take the 3rd exit and keep going straight, after Bank Dhofar take a left into the parking area. From Qurum: After Sarooj shell petrol station take right (under the bridge), then traffic light, left, another traffic light straight, after 4th exit is the mimistry area.

Thank you 

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