Off the beaten track: 10 Arab travel agencies rediscovering adventure

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“I travel”, “I love to travel”, “I need to travel soon”, “I wish I could travel”, my eyes widen and my hearts beat at this very strange word “travel”. In a world where there is not much new, traveling always brings you something new, a new perspective, a new experience, a new … adventure. An enriching experience where you will learn more about yourself as you discover a new world. Knowing that you will get in the car or the plane the next day and go … elsewhere … knowing that you will get into conversations with strangers and turn them into friends before you know their name, knowing that it will not routine, but a new discovery is a magical experience. We are talking about adventure travel, where you do not necessarily have to go to a familiar place, but to a distant country with people who do not know you, and terrain that is foreign to you and you will finally fall in love with your farewell to your comfort zone. The rich MENA region offers us a rich culture, beautiful terrain and a variety of activities, elements that have inspired various travel enthusiasts from the region to set up adventure travel companies and inspire others to share the same enlightening journeys. With Eid al-Fitr around the corner after a month of Ramadan, start planning an experience that is … new.

Goal 31

Goal 31 is the first Egyptian adventure travel company founded in 2009 with a focus on interacting with local cultures, activities and carefully thought-out itineraries. More than choosing a destination, the travel group will take care of creating an itinerary that will entertain and enrich their travelers. One of their favorite destinations is Slovenia, Portugal, South Africa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iceland and Egypt. We spoke with one of the founders, Omar Hossam, who explained that the company depends to a large extent on their detailed itineraries and connections with the locals, which ensures that the trip will be a rich experience. Travel is changing, and Hossam has given us an overview of the industry itself and how it is constantly growing despite certain issues: “This is a trend today because people are looking for more adventure tourism and less commercial old-fashioned tourism. Many people find it important for their mental health to leave their comfort zone and it is more comfortable for them to do so with the group rather than alone.

adventurers

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers adventurous activities such as beautiful scenery, be it hiking, climbing, camping and hiking, as the UAE is considered a new hotspot for outdoor activities and travel. Adventurati focuses on outdoor activities and organizes international and national excursions, including a group hike to Mount Hajar, which is considered the highest mountain in the UAE and is located south of Jebel Jais. In an interview with founder Fadi Hachich, he gave us an overview of what Adventurati is all about: “We are excited about everything out there. Our mission is to take our guests on an exciting adventure for a sense of wonder. Our mission is also the sustainable development of adventure tourism, so working with local mountain tribes to offer our guests authentic cultural experiences and cuisine is a real experience because we believe adventure is alive. ”

33 North

Rich experience from 33 North it is not just a place where travelers experience nature, but more about how they do it. Founder Gilbert Moukheiber kindly shares his rich experience and passion for the mountains as he has worked in the field of rural development and sustainable tourism with many local and international NGOs. The Mountain Safety Instructor, Wilderness First Aid and Mountain Guide training also holds certificates in search and rescue, rope rescue and winter rescue techniques and will share his knowledge with avid outdoor enthusiasts. 33 North teaches travelers the basics of staying in nature while enjoying the rich scenery and hiking trails that most do not know. Moukheiber explained to him the beauty outside, “wealth, interactions, the feeling of being outside, walking through different communities.” His knowledge of Lebanon upside down allows travelers to experience a unique experience as Eid, 33 North will explore the Boukaat Loubnan Trail, a scenic trail through the mountains of the Bekaa Valley covering the western and eastern mountain ranges known as Anti Lebanon. .

Life happens outside

Do you want to grow as a person by engaging in outdoor activities? Life happens outside is a great choice for you, as it is a community that offers exciting activities for both beginners and experienced adventurers. It is a relaxing and informative experience that will allow you to reconnect with yourself. Their goal is for those who take part to embark on a journey that will change their view of travel and allow them to grow as people. Founder Rami Rasmany explained that they provide a variety of activities for guests in areas such as Norway, Annapurna and Peru, from skiing to climbing. They also believe that climbing is a culture in itself, without differences, because it helps people move beyond comfort, and therefore further expands their perspectives.

Blue Odyssey

Blue Odyssey supports a community of free divers and yogis centered around the sea. They organize trips with activities that are centered around the water. We talked about the philosophy of Blue Odyssey with one of the founders, Raghda Ezzeldin, who put it simply as “getting in touch with each other through the environment.” They practice yoga classes with the sea as a captivating sight to connect with Mother Nature and the rich aquatic environment of Egypt. Through activities such as free diving, the group encourages people to be aware of and care for the sea world, while providing a safe space for passengers to connect, learn from each other and be part of this growing community. passionate travelers.

Escapade

From sailing trips to mountaineering, Escapade offers a number of activities, which are divided into four pillars. The first pillar is “epic routes”, which include activities such as mountain climbing in Nepal, the second called “Sub-zero” focuses on skiing and ice climbing, the third pillar focuses on sailing and other water-related activities, and the fourth pillar covered multi-adventures in countries like Costa Rica, Vietnam and Annapurna in Nepal. Many of their journeys are full of adventure and provide travelers with a rush of adrenaline as they strive for success, such as conquering some of the most difficult mountains. We had the opportunity to talk to Mohamed Ibrahim, the founder of Escapade, who explained that people who embark on such adventures are usually those who want to achieve a specific goal and share experiences with like-minded individuals who can teach them where passengers gain more information about themselves through this shared experience.

Nomad tribe

In addition to having the features of an adventure travel company, the Tribe of Nomads aims to bring together the experiences of its travelers through various activities such as kite surfing, hiking and desert safaris. By gaining access to gems in Egypt such as Jabal Elba on the border with Sudan, the group promotes close ties with local communities and engages in community service activities. They believe that traveling for community services helps travelers get to know the destination and its ecosystem. According to Tribe of Nomad founder Adham El Sharie: “The main goal is to adapt the local experience, we also organize permits for sites that are difficult to obtain if you are alone. Being outside is a truly extraordinary experience and we have found that people form the strongest shackles when traveling in nature, camping, hiking. These are activities that fully divorce people’s personalities. “

Barefoot adventures

Barefoot adventures was born like many adventurous travel agents out of love for nature and nature. Omar Ghannam, the founder of Barefoot Adventures, spoke to us about how they decided to explore non-commercial destinations, like many adventure companies that also help sustainable tourism by relying on local people for planning. All outdoor activities are carried out with a sense of perseverance in nature with the hope of creating a community that cares about the environment more than anything else. Being a free diver Omar Ghannama respects the natural environment and ensures that guests are aware of the preservation of the natural environment.

Ridge Adventure

Ridge Adventure adventure company based in the United Arab Emirates, which organizes local and international adventures. In an interview with founder Henzo Rashed, he said interestingly that Covid-19 began to emphasize destinations that are full of adventure and not commercial, because they were more accessible and focused on outdoor activities. From Lebanon to Kyrgyzstan, Ridge Adventures offers a wide range of destination options, and their Eid plans will take them hiking in the beautiful Lebanese valleys and mountains.

Nomadic divers

When it comes to diving, we recommend Nomad Divers, which includes an international community of divers who choose rich places throughout Egypt. Egypt is known for its exciting diving spots, perfect weather conditions, clean water and, more importantly, a variety of dives. From shark diving to wreck diving to dives that show the rich colors of corals and their immensity. Founder Ahmed El Bana explained: “Our vision is to connect with others and nature through our diving adventure trips not only in the Red Sea, but around the world. We found that when people complete their dives, they will connect with what they saw and their overall experience. ”

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