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An elderly Kazakh Muslim to cycle to Mecca

He has visited not only all Kazakhstani regions, but almost all CIS countries.

Source : islam.ru | 27 Apr 2013

Unusual trip is planned to travel by a 76-year-old cyclist Olzhabay Smagulov. He is set to cycle his two-wheeled bicycle from Karaganda straight to the holy places of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Express K newspaper reports.

The first bicycle trip he made in 2003 was from Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan. He has visited not only all Kazakhstani regions, but almost all CIS countries. The traveler dedicates his trips to memorials.

The current route however, is longer and harder. Olzhabay Smagulov plans to start from Ashgabat and drive through Iran and Turkey. However, the UAE government set a clause: to drive across the border only with a group. So Olzhabay Smagulov is busy looking for like-minded people who want to join in such trip. He hopes to become the first Muslim who reached the holy places on bicycle.

 

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