MUSCAT: Their love for motorbikes is unparalleled. Coupled with the love for bikes, is the love to promote the Sultanate of Oman as a tourist destination in the world. Meet Muscat Bikers Club.
The club has been travelling to different parts of the world over the years but their trips hit a roadblock during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A year after, 15 bikers travelled to India and clocked a total of 2,000km. Muscat Bikers Club is currently on a month-long trip to Europe.
A team of 14 bikers, led by President of Muscat Bikers Club, Taher Al Zadjali, departed for Europe on May 1 and will conclude their trip on May 30 after travelling a distance of 6,000km across 14 countries.
In his exclusive remarks to Times of Oman, Al Zadjali said: “We have been doing such trips for a long time. The basic idea is to promote our beautiful Sultanate of Oman and showcase the tourism potential among various bike lovers and bike clubs around the world.”
He added: “This is our seventh trip to Europe and in the past we have made trips to neighbouring GCC countries and to India.”
Zadjali said that the ongoing trip began in the French city of Marseille. Providing details of the tour, Al Zadjali said: “From France we rode to Switzerland before entering Austria. From Austria, we travelled to Budapest in Hungary and then moved to Bucharest in Romania. We will travel to Balkan countries, beginning with Serbia and then to Montenegro followed by Slovenia and Albania before returning to Montenegro.
“Our journey continues and we moved to Bosnia and then to Kosovo before going to Croatia to conclude our tour of Balkan countries. From Croatia we plan to go to Italy and then to Spain before returning to France to conclude our 14-nation trip.”
Al Zadjali said: “It is the passion of the like-minded riders that gives them the courage to take such trips that are self-financed. We hope sponsors or government agencies come forward to support our cause as our sole aim is to promote Oman as a destination for the world. During the tours we showcase Oman’s diverse topography, including its desert, wadis, beaches and mountains as also to acquaint the people of different countries with the Sultanate’s cultural heritage, tolerance, security and stability.”
It may be mentioned that Muscat Bikers Club (MBC) is a registered body under Oman Automobile Association (OAA) and that the MBC members observe and promote traffic and safety rules during their regional and international participations.