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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 15/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Omani adventurer Khamis al Hattali plans to embark on a journey of nearly 3,000km by foot from Muscat to Salalah and back, spreading the word against drugs on the way.

Hattali said that he hopes to start his walk on April 5, accompanied by two people who have undergone successful de-addiction and rehab, and now want to be a role models for others. He hopes to be back in the capital on June 26, which is the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Hattali told Muscat Daily that he has requested the Al Hayat  Association in Al Khoudh to support the endeavour and is waiting for its response.

With completion of this journey - Hattali's 15th - he would have walked 41,000km overall in support of various causes.

Along with necessities, Hattali will be packing brochures on drug addiction. ''Drug abuse is an important national issue which needs to be addressed by everyone in society,'' he said. ''We are aiming at creating a network by engaging as many volunteers as possible for awareness against drugs in Oman. We will try to have representatives of the society in every wilayat if possible.''

Hattali will be taking a mostly coastal route. ''We will be advising people, especially fishermen to help the ROP and other concerned departments bust drugs smuggling and dealing cases.''

The route he will be taking will pass Wadi Adai and Quriyat to Sur. He will then head to Ras al Hadd and then to Duqm, covering Suwaih, Asila, Al Ashkhara, Khuwaimiya, Mahout and Nifoon.

''I will then continue from Duqm to Shuwaimiyah via Mahout on the new road leading to Hasik and finally to Salalah and back to Muscat.''

Hattali's next aim is to walk across several GCC countries in August, also accompanied by former drug addicts. ''The aim will be to make these persons send a message to people of other GCC countries that rehabilitation is possible,'' he said.

His last such journey was around UAE as part of the country's National Day last December. During the 13-day trip, he walked from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to Al Ain before returning to Abu


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