Team Y gets behind the story of a group of Omani brothers who are braving all odds to travel the region spreading their message of peace and love, while setting a path for future generations to follow.
A team of six – split up by the regimes of life but unified by their tight-knit heritage and love for adventure, sits as a fitting story in a world bound by the routine and the mundane.
The tale of the Sibani and Kindi brothers is a welcome breath of fresh air – offering inspiration to the people around them as they spread peace around the region while tracing the paths taken by their ancestors.
What began as a hobby among themselves soon snowballed into the formation of a group titled, ‘In the Footsteps of Ancestors’, and the basis of a family that isn’t afraid to brave the odds as they traverse the harshest of terrains in search of their lineage.
Marking their second trip next month, the group is now in its final stages of fine-tuning their plans and preparing themselves before cranking up the engines to their trusty SUVs and finally setting off for Sharjah on the 23rd of June.
Their quest, which begins in Muscat will eventually take them to the UAE, Iran, Azerbaijan, and back to their homeland. A small journey on the face of things, but one that’s expected to take 23 days and span over 5,000kms.
Our question about how long they’ve been at it is met with laughter. The brothers seem to have been at it since the early 1990s, points out team leader Fahad Said al Sibani.
“Our love affair with adventure was instilled in us as kids,” he says. “We were born this way and having been brought up in Nizwa with farms and the mountains to play around, our penchant for it all only grew.
The team is currently made up of Fahad Said al Sibani, Amjad Said al Sibani, Saoud al Kindi, Usama Said al Sibani, Suleiman al Kindi, and Ahmed al Sibani.
Fahad goes on to tell us how they’ve explored every nook and cranny of the Sultanate – from as far up north as Musandam and Khasab, to the Southern stretches of A’Dhakhiliya, Salalah, and even the whole of the grueling Empty Quarter.
“We’ve been involved in a lot of adventures where we try to find spots to fuel our different travel desires. And we travel together or with families and even camp in some of these areas,” says Fahad.
While the cross-country trip that the group is planning will be undoubtedly challenging, it isn’t the most taxing one they’ve undertaken – not by a mile. As Fahad explains, “There’s not much out there that can challenge the Empty Quarter; not even our trip across Africa can reach that level.
“We had to pack up nearly six days’ worth of supplies (food, water, petrol, and other essentials) to make the journey from the entry point of the desert to the exit point in Thumrait – which is also the longest route across the span of sand.
Their trip to Iran and Azerbaijan will be a civilised one with amenities to match, yet Fahad and his brothers don’t expect the journey to be a smooth ride.
“We’ll need to expect harsh temperatures, tackle rough terrain, and deal with mechanical issues our vehicles may pose to us at any time,” he adds.
To those questioning why they’d rather drive through the lands than avail a cheaper tour package, the group has a common response. They say: “We’re not looking to go to these places as tourists.
“We want to be a part of the culture and learn more about the place. Our objectives are very simple: one, spread the word of peace; two, understand the culture and tradition of the place; and three, help the needy with little acts of kindness.
To achieve this, the six brothers will make use of their Toyota Tacoma and Land Cruiser, and Land Rover Discovery peppered with stickers of Oman and their sponsors, and also stock up on sweets for the children, books and pencils they can distribute in schools, and clothes they’ll hand over to those in need.
“We also won’t be staying in hotels. Instead, we’ll try to keep it all like how our ancestors would have – out with nature. So, we’ll pitch our tents and camp out in the elements,” says Fahad.
“This way, we can interact with the locals, experience their stories, and even try out the local food. I always say that food is the ultimate passport to a country, and it’s only by interacting with the people in the villages can we achieve this.
But their motto doesn’t end there. “We want to propagate peace and love in these countries like His Majesty did for us here in the Sultanate. Having experienced everything he’s done for us, I think it’s now up to us – the citizens – to go and spread this news to all.
“And even as this is a turbulent time for Iran politically, I think we can show that they’re loved and supported by the people of this nation.
“I think the time has come for the people to stand together and showcase the message of peace. It’s something that must prevail in this region – and is also a great motivator for us to keep doing what we do.”