HUSAAK ADVENTURES TO LAUNCH THE CARACAL CHALLENGE - A UNIQUE 15km, NIGHTTIME EXCURSION THROUGH THE UAE’S SWEEPING DESERT LANDSCAPE | WWF

HUSAAK ADVENTURES TO LAUNCH THE CARACAL CHALLENGE - A UNIQUE 15km, NIGHTTIME EXCURSION THROUGH THE UAE’S SWEEPING DESERT LANDSCAPE

Posted on
09 October 2016


Challenge honours 15 years of EWS-WWF’s conservation work in the region
 
Abu Dhabi, 9 October 2016: Husaak Adventures, the GCC's leading adventure travel company, is holding a unique 15km desert excursion - the Caracal Challenge - on November 11th in Abu Dhabi. The challenge provides an opportunity for participants to test their endurance, experience and navigate the vast and breath taking desert landscape at night and learn about the UAE’s natural environment from experienced guides. Approved by The Ministry of Community Development, the initiative will raise funds for Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF), to support the organisation’s Terrestrial Conservation Programme, focusing on protecting land-based species and interconnected environments across the UAE and Gulf region. The event is supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) as the event strategic partner, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority as the tourism partner and sponsored by Khidmah and Adventure HQ.
 
Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri,
Executive Director - Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, said: “The Caracal Challenge was created to encourage UAE residents to take an active role in discovering the UAE’s natural heritage whilst also contributing towards its protection. Our desert environment is home to unique ecosystems and a wide variety of wildlife. Many species thrive in the desert, adapting fascinating features to cope with the heat and terrain. However, the fast pace of development and increased human-wildlife interactions are putting pressure on wildlife and their habitats. This is where the Caracal Challenge can make a real difference by raising awareness of the importance of Abu Dhabi’s desert habitats and the need for all sectors of society to unite together to protect them.”
 
The Caracal Challenge will take place in Al Khatim desert with participants going back in time to tap into khaleeji traditions, using a full moon and the stars to navigate their way across the winding desert dunes. The challenge requires participants to have a good level of fitness and promises to be an exciting adventure for those that love the great outdoors. To celebrate the completion of this exhilarating excursion participants are invited for dinner and entertainment in a traditional desert camp.
 
Ali Khalil Husain, Founder of Husaak Adventures, added: “Whether you are looking for adventure or a new way to experience the great outdoors with friends, seeking to push your personal endurance limits, or simply curious to learn more about the UAE’s natural heritage, the Caracal Challenge is a once in a lifetime experience. The excursion will connect participants with the vast beauty and magnitude of the sweeping desert, and to the night sky full of blazing stars guiding our adventure. It really is a unique chance to escape the city and connect with the UAE environment. Additionally, all net profits from the event will be donated towards EWS-WWF, helping to aid conservation work across the country.”

Ida Tillisch, Director General of EWS-WWF added: “Although the UAE is home to a multitude of natural habitats and wildlife, fast paced development has put significant pressure on our natural environment and its inhabitants. For the last 15 years, EWS-WWF has been at the forefront of the conservation efforts to help find solution to this pressure. During this time, together with our partners, we have achieved many major successes including undertaking vital research to protect endangered species, launching the first freshwater research centre in the UAE and supporting the government in establishing protected areas to safeguard wildlife and habitats. Today, we are thrilled that Husaak Adventures has launched The Caracal Challenge, an initiative that will not only help spread awareness of the need for species and habitat conservation, but that will also help to generate vital funding enabling continued efforts to drive the conservation agenda in the UAE.  I encourage all individuals with a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors to sign up and join The Caracal Challenge and look forward to meeting you on the excursion”.
 
The Caracal Challenge will be held on November, 11th 2016 from 1.00 pm – 9.00 pm. To register and for full details, please visit: www.husaak.com/tcc