Explorer Ranulph Fiennes to cross Dubai on foot

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?”

8 Responses to Explorer Ranulph Fiennes to cross Dubai on foot

  1. John March 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Godspeed, Sir!

  2. alamut March 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    There goes a brave, brave man!!!!

  3. Salman March 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    hahahaha! funniest piece yet on panarabia!!!!

  4. Sand n'Shake March 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    He has no chance of getting through a Lulu Hypermarket car park without being impaled on the front bumper of a white Range Rover with a 2 digit number plate and bar code stickers on the side windows.

    Stick to Everest Sir.

    • anon April 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      explain the barcode stickers?

  5. Anonymous March 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Don’t forget the construction zone maze with hidden deep excavations!

  6. Sand n'Shake March 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Shallow excavations should be no problem. But they are never indicated.

  7. Dan March 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm



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