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Haj 2022: Meet 3 friends cycling from Tajikistan to Saudi Arabia via UAE

Haj 2022: Meet 3 friends cycling from Tajikistan to Saudi Arabia via UAE

Three friends cycling from Tajikistan to Makkah to perform Haj, said it has been an unforgettable spiritual journey – a journey filled with adventure, kindness…

Saturday, Jun 04

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Three friends cycling from Tajikistan to Makkah to perform Haj, said it has been an unforgettable spiritual journey – a journey filled with adventure, kindness and hope.

After covering thousands of miles, the trio from the central Asian country’s capital city of Dushanbe have now reached the UAE.

For Gafurov Dilovar, Nazarov Saidali and Talabov Shokir, all in their 30s, the tough road journey was one of the only possible ways to go on the pilgrimage. According to reports, the Tajikistan government restricts citizens below 40 years of age from taking the pilgrimage and seeks to give older people a chance.

“We are all friends. We decided to undertake the pilgrimage on our cycles. We have prepared for this journey since the start of the year. We are on a month-long bike ride. We have faced several issues from hot weather, sand and dust storms, and windy conditions, to flat tyres, language barriers, sleeping on the road and other stuff, but we have overcome all these hurdles. Now we are waiting to get visas from the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Dubai to continue our journey,” said Gafurov, a 37-year-old entrepreneur and father of two children.

Gafurov has recorded and posted key moments on his Instagram handle.

In a strange coincidence, the trio are in the UAE on World Bicycle Day, which falls on June 3.

From the rugged mountains, the biking trio, who speak only Russian and Persian, began their journey after the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. They first tried […]

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