French explorer begins Oman expedition

16 Mar 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

It’s the story of a French explorer who fell in love with Oman during a visit to Sharqiyah Sands. Gauthier Toulemonde, the chief executive officer of Timbropresse – a media company in France – may have a serious job to tend to, but he has put aside his commitments and commenced his journey across The Empty Quarter (the largest contiguous desert in the world) and Sharqiyah Sands.

The Frenchman, who is also a member of the Society of French Explorers, started his journey in the town of Adam, in Dakhliyah governorate, and plans to cross the two deserts.

Toulemonde’s journey will be covered extensively through his social media accounts (Facebook and YouTube). In an interview with Muscat Daily, Toulemonde explained his fascination for Oman, saying: “It had all started when I first visited the Sharqiyah Sands two years ago. I was inspired by the natural Omani landscapes where I found peace of mind. I am looking forward to sharing my unusual experience and get people to live it with me.

“My aim is to show the connection between human beings and nature, how we can live isolated in the wild, facing different kinds of challenges and learn to live peacefully with nature,” he added.

Toulemonde is being accompanied by Omani guide Ahmed bin Hareb al Mahrooqi. The second leg of his journey will see him cross to Bidiyah and Sharqiyah Sands before entering the stunning Ras al Ruwais – where the desert meets the sea.

For updates on Toulemonde’s journey, visit

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