Mohammed Al-Zadjali is 32 years old, and comes from Al Musanah, near Muscat in Oman. He is training manager at Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi, the only Outward Bound school in the Arabic speaking world. Mohammed spends much of his time instructing and leading groups of young people, and corporates, on challenging outdoor journeys to help develop the key skills of leadership and communication, to enhance their employability and improve their performance. To commemorate the Empty Quarter journey, Mohammed’s first son, born earlier this year, was named after Sultan Taimur.
Amour Al-Wahaibi, 38, is both part of and at one with the desert. Born in a small Bedouin community in the northern end of the Sharqiya Sands in Oman, he still lives in the same area where he has raised his seven children, many of who now help him with his work as a desert guide. Whilst wanting the best of what modern education can provide, Amour is still hopeful that his children will remain living in the sands, where he wants them to enjoy the freedom and lifestyle that is difficult to find in the town and city. Amour bakes the most amazing bread under the fire in the sand, and seems to be able to walk and ride from dawn til dusk without stopping.
Mark Evans, 54 (www.markevans.global), has lived in the region for twenty years. A fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and The Royal Geographical Society in London, in 2009 Mark set up Outward Bound Oman. Over a period of 55 days in 2001 he kayaked the entire 1,700 km coastline of Oman, from Musandam to Yemen, and in 2004 he set up the University of the Desert, which is Oman’s gift to UNESCO, using the power of the desert environment to foster intercultural dialogue between young people from western and Arab cultures, for which he was awarded the MBE in 2011.
Sheikh Mubarak Saleh Muhammad Saleh Bin Kalut is the great great grandson of Sheikh Saleh Bin Kalut, and as such connects the journey of 1930 to the journey of 2015. He was born in 1985 in Ramlet Ghoneim, and graduated from University in 2010 in Jordan. He was raised by his father, Sheikh Saleh, until he was six, and then moved to live with his grandfather, Sheikh Muhammad, who used to tell him a lot of stories from his father's journey with Bertram Thomas, and his own journey with Mubarak Bin London. Now a citizen of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mubarak will join the team as we enter Saudi Arabia. He will be wearing the same Khanjar carried by his great great grandfather on the 1930 crossing, and will also carry the same rifle.
Ali Ahmed Sha’af Al Mshili was born in 1982 in Al Qard- Salalah. He works in the Omani military as a fitness trainer and map reader. Ali has extensive experience in the sport field, and he has enjoyed the outdoors since he was young, spending most of his free time exploring and climbing the mountains around Dhofar, where he has led many expeditions for young people to teach them self-reliance and cooperation. Ali has organised many events in Salalah (traditional games competitions), and is honored to be chosen to represent Dhofar in this historical journey
Sim Davis, 26, is a professional photographer and the youngest member of the expedition team. For the past five years Sim has been learning from those planning and conducting large expeditions. Sim has travelled through much of Oman and completed two major journeys within the country prior to this journey, supporting Outward Bound Oman's National Day expeditions (Salalah to Muscat 2011/2012, Mughshin to Fahud 2013/2014). During the crossing Sim will be documenting the journey and providing logistical support for the walking team. www.simdavis.com
John is a New Zealander - an experienced mountaineer, tramper, 4 wheel driver and adventurer both in New Zealand and overseas over a fifty year period. He is a member of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club and he has had extensive involvement in mountain search and rescue, and team leading in the Southern Alps of NZ.
He is an experienced expedition leader in the Arctic, Nepal and the Middle East over a 25 year period.
John has enjoyed a 39 year medical career, specialising in Radiation Oncology. His post career activities centre around semi professional photography, custom picture framing, adventure travel and family. www.photonz.net
Based in the UK, Dr Sean has spent many years on expeditions. He now has a special interest in the provision of remote medical care in austere environments and is employed by the WHO and FCO delivering Major Incident Management training for those working in hostile conditions.
UK trained GP and pre-hospital care doctor with extensive expeditionary experience. Currently living in New Zealand, working in a rural emergency department. Has worked in Afghanistan and North Africa with the British Army is part of the local Search & Rescue team in New Zealand.
John has worked 9 seasons in Antarctica with Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions, seasons in Nepal at rescue clinics and at Everest Base Camp, in Canada and Norway, plus provided medical support for extreme marathon events in Nepal and at the North Pole. John currently heads up the New Zealand Polar Medicine course for Expedition Medicine, assists with their Mountain Medicine course and will be on call for the crossing team should they need his advice.