Adrian will be recounting his 44 day and 1000 mile crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ of the Arabian Desert by foot and camel in the trail of legendary 1940s British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger at the Royal Geographic Society, London, on Thursday 30th January 2014 at 7:00pm.
Former Gurkha officer and Arabic speaking Hayes first learned of Thesiger when he served a 2 year tour with the Sultan of Oman’s Forces in the 1990s and vowed one day to repeat his first crossing of the desert. In his powerful story, accompanied by stunning images and film, he speaks of the largely unheralded achievements of Thesiger and his companions’ journeys in the 1940s, the reality of attempting the same journey 65 years later with his own Bedouin team and the changed lives and culture of the Bedouin and peoples of the Arabian Peninsula.
Nearly 1000 people attended the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Business Group screening of the English Language version of the Footsteps of Thesiger Documentary. An amazing turn out and the documentary received a standing ovation.
The British Business Group will be hosting 2 x film premiere evenings taking place in Abu Dhabi (7 May) and Dubai (9 May) where the English language version of “Footsteps of Thesiger” documentary will be shown for the first time..
- Mon 7 May (Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, AED 180 pp, drinks and canapes): email@example.com
- Wed 9 May (Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, AED 250 pp or AED 2500 table of ten, 3 course dinner including all drinks): www.bbgdxb.com
Both evenings, organised by the British Business Groups Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will comprise a presentation from Adrian on the background and challenges in mounting the journey; a short intro from film producers TwoFour; the hour long documentary; a Q & A session and a photographic finale.
The Team spent their last night on the mainland before crossing the Maqta Bridge this morning at 0800. It is not often that 6 camels and 3 men will be able to ride across the Maqta Bridge will full Abu Dhabi Police Escort. Commuters were treated to rare sight – no doubt transporting them back to days of old.
The team are currently on route to the Corniche where they will complete their expedition at 2pm on the public beach (opposite the end of 30th Street). Please join us to welcome the team home.
It is with mixed emotions that the team approoach Adu Dhabi today. Relieved, excited and proud to have nearly finished their 1600 km trek, yet melancholy that this once in a lifetime expedition only has 24 hours to run.
The team will be received by expedition sponsors and dignatories on the Corniche beach tomorrow at 2pm. All our welcome to come and join us as Saed, Gafan and Adrain and their six camels take the thier final few steps in the Footsteps of Thesiger.
The party will be on the Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach at 2pm, on the public beach area opposite 30th Street. Look out for the Bedioun tent – this will mark the official end of the journey…
With a police escort the team rode through Al Ain, negotiating the famous roundabouts of the city. As it was Friday morning the roads were quiet and the air had a slight chill to it. The call came – both … Continue reading →