A group of 25 Pakistani cyclists arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, as part of a spiritual journey to Mecca.
The group of motorcyclists started from Lahore on January 6 with the aim of performing Umrah and reached their destination after an 18-day journey.
Pakistan’s envoy to Saudi Arabia, Ameer Khurram Rathore, and other officials greeted the cyclists on their arrival in Riyadh. The Pakistani embassy also hosted a reception in their honor. During the event, the ambassador presented the team with a shield.
Today, the cycling party will depart for Mecca to perform Umrah. On their way to Saudi Arabia, the cyclists arrived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), earlier on Saturday.
In their honor, the Pakistani embassy hosted a dinner. Mukarram Tareen, leader of the bikers’ organization, spoke on the occasion, saying that their aim is to convey a favorable image of Pakistan, its rich cultural heritage and the kind hospitality of the Pakistani people.
After 15 days in the kingdom, the cyclists will return home.