DUBAI: British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, famous for walking across Antarctica and scaling Everest aged 65, is preparing for his toughest challenge yet – crossing Dubai without a car.
The grizzled former SAS member, 70, who once amputated his own frostbitten fingertips, says he will be unaccompanied on the 60-kilometre journey from Sharjah to Jebel Ali.
“When I trekked into the deserts of Oman to seek the lost city of Ubar I faced hardships such as water shortages, acute injuries and blistering heat,” he says. “However, that’s nothing compared to interchange four towards Mall of the Emirates.”
Fiennes said he was preparing for a tortuous route that would take him along roadsides without a hard shoulder, footpaths that inexplicably trailed away into dust and at least two Lulu Hypermarket car parks.
“I’m attracted to danger, the thrill of the unknown,” said Fiennes. “And what’s more dangerous than dodging Porsche Cayennes on Sheikh Zayed Road?”