MSF team plans bike trip from Paris to Dubai

DUBAI- A UAE national and two French men are set to undertake a motorbike trip from Paris to Dubai this month in a bid to raise awareness and funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

By Ramona Ruiz

Published: Wed 9 Apr 2003, 11:42 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:56 PM

The trio will arrive in Paris on April 25, commence their 9,000km journey on April 27 and hope to reach Dubai on May 23 after travelling through 12 countries.

Hassan Al-Redha and his two friends Jean-Pierre Labry and Christophe Renaund have been biking for the last couple of years. In September they decided to combine their passion for bikes with a humanitarian quest following their participation in the highly-successful MSF event 'Swim the Burj' which raised Dh118,000.

Addressing a Press conference at the Dubai Aviation Club yesterday, Mr Al-Redha said that the idea came up when the the group were sitting together, and it was Jean-Pierre who first broached the idea of organising such an event which was linked to charity for a good cause.

"We wanted to raise funds for MSF which is non-religious and not political. We wanted to keep everything neutral just like water," he said, adding that clean drinking water was something which over one billion people do not have access to and that the the group wanted to raise awareness about the issue. Mr Al-Redha said that the plans of the group have taken shape during the last two to three weeks.

Some 300 people are expected to join them in a French Business Council Bon Voyage gathering on April 16, and by April 18, the group's plans would have been finalised.

Speaking about the trip, Mr Renaund said that the duration of the trip was likely to take a month. The countries in their itinerary include France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. There might be some modifications, as the group also plans to visit Egypt for the Middle East part of their journey.

Due to visa restrictions, they will be travelling through Saudi Arabia which is an estimated 1,600km ride, for only 48 hours.

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