Next time you’re groaning your way through a 10K run, spare a thought for Jalal Bin Thaneya, the 30-year-old Emirati planning to trek across all 7 emirates in just a week.
If he achieves the feat, he will be an official Guinness world record holder, as the document he posted on his Twitter account proves (see below).
Bin Thaneya is no stranger to this type of gargantuan challenge, having cycled across all six Gulf states in 2013 and walked 2,000 kilometres from Abu Dhabi to Mecca as well.
In fact, he already crossed the UAE’s seven emirates on foot a decade ago (it took him 18 days), but this time he hopes his achievement will raise awareness for people with special needs and actually get him into the record books in the process.
Bin Thaneya can choose his own route and move at his own pace but the Guinness World Records authority will be monitoring his every step.
He’s calculated that although he’ll have to moderate his rhythm between running, jogging and walking, on average he’ll have to spend 18 hours a day on the go.
Bin Thaneya , who works as a quality and strategy officer, plans to start at the Al Ghuwaifat border post on Abu Dhabi western fringe on December 19 and make his way across desert and then mountain roads to reach the ‘finish line’ at Fujairah’s coastline.
He will sleep in a Nissan Patrol, the same car likely to be driven by a support team he’s currently putting together, in case he needs any help while attempting the exhausting and potentially very dehydrating feat.
So do you think he can do it? Judging by previous track record, Time Out thinks he can!