Life Changing Experiences Travel Junkie Diary of

Jalal Jamal BinThaneya

Friday, April 18, 2014
Jalal Jamal BinThaneyaLike0

Jalal BinThaneya Graduated with a degree in Human Resources and Business studies joined DPworld in 2010. He has worked in the various departments within human resources and is currently working at the ports terminal operations area. But that is only part of his life. His real life is his dedication and purpose and he just cannot wait to be back on the road where he belongs. We learned about his purpose when he was on the road. His feelings were out in the open, his battles and his triumphs. He made it. For a purpose.

Here is his diary

Destination I decided to journey across the GCC on a bicycle for special needs in order to outline their plight in society and to empower plus give a voice to children with special needs and their parents commitment, to give their children the very best socially, mentally and physically. In this case I chose the Al Jalila foundation, a non profit organization which caters to such individuals. Ive been doing this since 2007 when I first walked around the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai Autism Centre, I became the first person to walk around the seven emirates. Every couple of years I would journey into difficult areas or conduct difficult tasks to raise awareness for organizations that cater to special needs this enabled me to understand the areas I went through better than others would initially.

Stayed In I slept on the side of the desert highway. This made it easier for me to wash, pray and be at one with nature while I would cycle through the desert, cities and urban areas . I could reflect on my hardship while being out in the open. In the city, I personally believe urban society to be confused in some aspect, self-obsessed and completely out of focus when it comes to the actual reality of life. People are obsessed with their image, they forget about the image and beauty that is in front of them. They become selfish and shallow, this is one thing I learnt while I suffered on the road, people in rural areas were much more appreciative of my journey as opposed to those in urban environments.

Month I left in the month of December,I usually go on journeys during this time of the year as the weather is not as challenging as it would be during the summer months however conditions are still harsh. During the day the sun is sometimes unbearable and at night the temperatures drop so drastically or it suddenly starts to rain aggressively. I would like you to imagine what it feels like trying to set up camp,after cycling 150-200 kilometers on average as well as having to endure natural elements. It was a lesson in life for me, not the first of course but each time I embarked on a journey, the experience is different, the pain and suffering tastes/feels different as well.

Dined In Most of the food we ate on the highway was inadequate for a person wanting to cycling 150 KM per day,I didn’t always have the luxury associated with getting the proper nourishment I needed to get through the day comfortably. I would say I ate only 2 good meals out of the 27 days I was out on the road,I consider this to be a lot considering the conditions I faced.

Diary When I embarked on this journey, I didn’t want to neglect keeping a diary but from my previous experience, showing a diary to the public and or trying to get it published was going to be a major issue. I had previously kept a diary of my journey to Makkah but a documentary was only released as the write up was deemed unworthy of being published. Since my journey to the empty quarter I have utilized social media to get the message across to the public, a sort of photo journal, that was live and could be read by everyone around the world. This is where Instagram came in handy while I was cycling across the desert highway.

Throughout the journey we would be stopped by security services, sometimes they would help us,as communicated by the UAE foreign ministry, sometimes they would simply refuse to protect me and my spotter or become very hostile and take us to the police station.

I remember when I re entered the kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Qatar, a strange security official would visit us during the early hours of the morning(around 3AM) and ask us random questions,he seemed very suspicious and upset that I was cycling. He knew however, that he couldn’t do anything. There are no restrictions for GCC nationals who can move between member states freely whether it be in a car or bicycle.

Unlike other tours that took place around the GCC,I didn’t have any critical support like medical or security throughout my journey, these would only be provided towards cities and in main capitals that I visited(Kuwait only provided an ambulance)

With each GCC member state I would visit, I would be invited to the Official UAE mission operating in the member state. I would be received officially and we would discuss my journey and commitment to special needs. During my visit to Qatar for example, I would meet the ambassador to Qatar as well as representatives from an organization for the blind and deaf based in Doha, they received me with kindness and were very happy to hear of an Emirati cycling 5000 kilometers in order to raise awareness or special needs.

There were times when I felt under-appreciated or devalued but I won’t discuss this in detail here as it would ruin the whole point of this journey, the point is that I continued on my journey regardless of the difficulties i faced. I remember clearly on the last week of the journey food started to become scarce as I cycled through the mountains and desert highway of Medina region towards Jeddah. On the last day of my journey I cycled 220 Kilometers without any food as there was nothing I could acquire conveniently.

I learned a lot on this difficult road, sometimes in life we have to cross through very harsh environment to understand what a peace of mind really is.

My Purpose I traveled a total of 5000 Kilometers for the Al Jalila Foundation which caters to children with special needs and provides vocational training for their parents. The journey lasted a total of 27 days. You can find more information on www.binthaneya.com

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

image-64

Processed with VSCOcam with h5 preset

Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

Leave a Reply

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • Whenever you’re ready... 💫
  • Two years ago today, I sailed in the arctic for the first time, I found a place where the chaos inside me was understood and my heart felt at home. 
The Arctic taught me so much... I learned to love every single weakness and strength I have in me, because no matter where you go, your thoughts go with you... but most of all the possibility of having all my dreams come true, that makes my life so beautiful and I cannot wait to go back ♥️ #TravelwithTJD 
Photo by @dennisstever
  • I left my heart in Scandinavia 💫
First thing I’ll do when @emirates resumes, and not one day later... fly back in the Arctic. 
Possibly Iceland, rent a van and drive for 1 week, waking up under the Arctic skies to a different landscape everyday... I visualize every moment of it and how I would feel. 
I miss nature and thrive when I’m surrounded by it.... then fly into Finland for another week and drive through into Swedish wilderness, waking up in a cabin by the lake, without any sense of time... doing exactly what I want to do, simply because it makes me happy... Going swimming, taking long walks and clearing my mind. 
It’s not long now till the borders open up again, I’m always hopeful. When was the last time you’ve traveled solo? And where are you dreaming of? Also, follow along @travelwithtjd - it would mean a lot to me if you could support our beautiful small business, which is how passion turned into a reality. 🤗
  • 35 years living in Dubai. I’ve watch the city grow from a slow-pace movement to one of the fastest cities in the world and back to slow. It’s soo eerie to witness so much change in a lifetime. I first landed in Dubai with my family the year @emirates first started operating. Yet, as the city slowly starts to open up, I can’t help but feel grateful. Mostly for the determination and efforts the country has done to keep those like myself, a guest in their home, safe. It’s been a long journey and I’m hopeful for the future. Thank you @mydubai
  • Legend says: There is an intangible string of fate that binds souls destined to be together. Those connected are bound no matter of time, place or circumstance.
The red string of fate is derived from an ancient East Asian belief. According to this myth, the Gods tie a red string around the ankles of all those that are destined to meet each other or help each other in a certain way.
No matter how near or far you are from them, the thread remains. There will be times when mentally or physically, you feel distant from those people, but that doesn’t affect the thread that binds you together. I’ve always believed and loved this tale... and thought it was a great time to remember it. 
Do you believe in legends and tales? 💫
  • Im finally slowly starting to feel like myself again, it’s been challenging and a battle adapting to the new... I read something I posted once before and felt like reading it over and over again, the more I read it, the more I started to remember who I was, who I am...and, with this new moon, I feel it’s my chance to start over again, finally. Some clarity. Some strength. 
I believe in giving people time...Time to process the good and the bad because, there is something so beautiful about unforced bonds. 
I’m a forever kind of person. I don’t have room for temporary. I believe in big love, of growing old with your friends and soulmates. I believe in being there for people through thick and thin. I believe in not giving up when things get tough. I believe in relationships that can make it through everything... unforced bonds. 💫
What about you? How are You!?
  • Maybe you say that you are in touch with reality and “She is not” 
But maybe, instead say, “Her reality is so different from ours that she can't explain hers to us, and we can't explain ours to her”

Reality differs from person to person... My reality is liberating and filled with love... I’m going to remind myself to always be brave enough to keep holding on to it 💫 ♥️
  • Finland... I dream of you in colors... only the blind can feel...💫
  • Some truth: 
I created a life I always dreamed of, and not what others expect of me. 
I knew what I wanted from the very start and I didn’t let anything stand in my way. 
The stories of who I am is told through what I remind myself on how far I’ve come and that it’s always ok not to have everything figured out. 
I’ve always known what I wanted out of my life, and I’m still on my journey. 
So, how am I coping with our @travelwithtjd business during this pandemic? 
I’ve pushed away those who told me “ You are a dreamer for thinking it will end soon” -  because I believe it will. 
I’ve dropped those who laughed when I said “we will fly the skies once again, sooner than we think”. Because I’m a free spirit.
I’ve blocked those who have repeatedly given me their advice that I should ‘find a new hobby or create a new business’. Because, with this lockdown or not, I’ve been creating my own reality, with my passion and love for yoga, traveling, photography, reading and my persistence on building an empire out of @travelwithtjd - I’ve been (and still) doing exactly what I’ve always loved. 
We are strong resilient human beings. 
I’ve fallen in love with being alive a very long time ago. And I for one, will always stay hopeful and I know that in the end, everything always works out. Because it always, always does. 
Photo by @dennisstever
  • This is for those who give everything they’ve got to make their lives as beautiful as their dreams... and for the friends who stick... for what’s real and what's not...
You will find them in the little things... and little moments. Now more than ever. 
That's when you know 💫 
Happy Palm Sunday 🙂
  • Woke up this morning feeling a sudden disconnection.
There’s power in disconnection.
When you separate yourself from the world for a while, you’ll figure out what’s feeding ur soul, what’s entertaining ur ego, what’s nothing but a distraction... and then you find exactly where your alignment is.
  • Happy whatever f**** day it is 🤷‍♀️