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25 Pakistani bikers reached Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

25 Pakistani bikers have reached Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. The group of bikers reached Riyadh on Tuesday to perform Umrah. Bikers had left Lahore on January 6th, and after 18 days of travel, they reached Saudi Arabia.

Pakistani bikers plan to stay in Saudi Arabia for 15 days before they return home. Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ameer Khurram Rathore, welcomed bikers. A reception ceremony was also organized for the bikers. Pakistani ambassador awarded them with a shield during the ceremony.

Earlier in the week, they had stopped in UAE en route to Saudi Arabia. Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi gave them a warm welcome and hosted lunch for the bikers. Mukarram Tareen, the group leader of the bikers, said that the goal of their biking adventure is to promote the positive image of Pakistan, its rich cultural heritage, and the warm hospitality of Pakistani people while crossing several countries and reaching Saudi Arabia. Also, they aim to invite people from other countries to tour Pakistan.

Bikers have covered 14,000 Km on bikes from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. Officials of the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab along with the representatives of Iran’s Khana Farhang (cultural center) were present at Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium as the group of bikers embarked on their journey.

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Pakistan Embassy UAE shared pictures of the bikers visiting the embassy. “A group of 25 Pakistani bikers, belonging to Cross Route Club visited the Embassy of Abu Dhabi today. Amb Faisal Niaz Tirmizi welcomed the group to the Embassy and hosted a lunch in their honor. The group had started their bike ride from Lahore on 6 January 2023,” said Pakistan Embassy in UAE.

“The group is on its way to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. The group reached UAE from Iran and is heading towards Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran before their return, logging a distance of 14,000 km. Amb Tirmizi in his remarks appreciated the initiative of the bikers for the promotion of Pakistan in different regional countries and stated that such tours should be organized more frequently. A tree planting ceremony was also held at the Pakistani embassy after the event,” further added the embassy.

According to TDCP, bikers will visit Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia on their journey. They will visit the main cultural, religious, and tourist attractions in these countries.

Bikers say that they have confirmed all the necessary arrangements for their security.