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Pakistani man completes 50-day motorcycle ride to fulfill his ‘dream’ of performing Umrah

ISLAMABAD:

Pakistani biker and vlogger Abrar Hassan had already traveled to more than 80 countries, including at least 12 on his motorbike, when he decided this year it was time to pursue perhaps his biggest dream – a ride in bike in Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah Pilgrimage.

On February 9, Hassan set out from his hometown of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province, embarking on a journey that involved crossing three continents and riding for 50 days before arriving in Medina on March 27. From there he went to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam and performed Umrah.

“It has always been my dream (to travel to Saudi Arabia on a motorbike) and it came true this year,” Hassan, a mechanical engineer with a German automobile company, told Arab News in video messages from Medina.

“There are probably feelings that you can’t describe in words… So it was all surreal for me, and I absolutely loved every moment of it.”

Hassan, who has loved adventure and photography since childhood, said it was an “incredible experience” to cross multiple borders and meet so many people along the way. But he pointed out that the special blessing was to arrive in Medina just days before the start of the fasting month of Ramadan and observe the first fast of the year there.

And he thanked the Saudi people for the “warm welcome” given to him and the love he received. He noted that a memorable experience took place shortly after he entered the Kingdom and involved a group of women selling tea.

“When they heard that I was coming from Pakistan on a motorbike to do Umrah, they didn’t take any money from me and said, ‘You are our guest,'” he said.

A video of Hassan’s interaction with women went viral on the internet and brought him fame in the country. “Every time I go out on my motorcycle…the support and love I’m getting right now is just amazing,” he added.

Affection compelled Hassan to extend his stay in the Kingdom and explore other cities.

“I have visited Riyadh, Medina and Makkah so far, but in the next few days I will start my trip to different cities in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “I go to Jeddah, Abha, Al-Bahah, Jazan and AlUla near the Jordanian border.”

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