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Emirati unfurls UAE flag in North, South Pole
By Jamil Khan July 07, 2018
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SHARJAH: Hamad Mohammed Al Kaabi, a young Emirati recently returned from the journey of North and South Pole where he unfurled the UAE flag with the message of ‘Year of Zayed’.

Talking to The Gulf Today, he said that “the idea emerged in June 2016 when I was reading a book ‘Ice Track book’ by writer Angie Butler. The preparation started from March 2017 for both trips. The journey to South Pole started in Dec 2017 and North Pole trip started on June 13 this year.”

Al Kaabi graduated from the Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School in Al Ain and in 2009 joined the Abu Dhabi Police.

“I received an overseas study mission to the United Kingdom. I began my first aid course, but for some reason I changed my specialisation to information security or computing security. During my studies I travelled to different parts of Britain and in the last couple of years I started to change the destinations and quality of travel and became a specialist in travel, photography and activities.”

In winter 2015, he travelled to Norway along with his friend to see the Aurora which mesmerised him and brought a whole new experience of travel and explore the beauty of the nature in the world.

“I enjoyed the experience of the cold places and getting to know people and making friends. Two months later I travelled to Sweden by night trains from one area to another. I experienced the sleeping in the ice hotel, which is over the tree and then traveled to Iceland. In 2016 I began planning to wander around the entire Kingdom of Norway, searching for Svalbard Archipelago which is located in the Arctic Circle and is affected by the longest day of 24 hours because of its proximity to the North Pole. The South Pole was covered in 9 days while the North Pole was covered in 13 days,” he said.

Pointing out his experience, he said “the trips in polar regions depend on the weather. This may be because of the wind, fog and the thickness of the ice.”

“The experience you own or you get from these kind of trips are too much. For example, you get to experience about weather, ice, wildlife and researches scientists work on. You meet people from around the world, you listen to them and speak with them. More importantly you will see the world and set your own opinion about people and culture by simply interacting with them.

Here, your on your own, by all means you need to manage in case of emergency, you gain experience on how to deal with your life and make changes according to it. Finally you also make friends,” he added.

He asked the youngsters to travel, don’t follow people where they go or where they suggest for you to go, make your own plan, see the worldyourself and gain experiences from walking or traveling with different people from different nationalities. Just go forward not backward and remember to always represent your country, your culture, your people and your religion in a good way,” he added.

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