“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
By travelling unchaperoned, women gain deeper insights and understanding of places, people and cultures – expanding their horizons and hastening their growth as true global citizens. Simply put, travel educates and empowers women through its transformative appeal.
‘Expanding horizons’ is exactly what the ‘OneDubaiOne’ team of Maitha Mubarak and Huda Zuwaid are trying to achieve. This Emirati duo has embarked on an extraordinary 5000 km adventure across the heart of Asia in an auto rickshaw or ‘tuk tuk’ as it is fondly called in the South East Asian countries. Maitha and Huda are no strangers to cars, SUVs, motorbikes, trains and buses. However, by using the humble and familiar auto rickshaw, they want to extend the hand of friendship to local people, transcending the barriers of race, language, creed and religion.
Their Pan Asian journey seeks to reinforce the bonds of understanding, cohesion among peoples and above all, inspire a sense of ‘giving back.’ As the cultural representatives of the UAE, Maitha and Huda are retracing the footsteps of legendary Arab wayfarers, visiting orphanages and universities on the way, besides helping set up mini-libraries to foster education. They are also raising awareness about the upcoming Dubai Expo2020 and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative to build a culture of reading and learning in the UAE.
On such journeys of self-exploration, women require reliable communication equipment that ensure their safety and security even in the most remote places. When travelling far from home, voice and internet connectivity is a necessity, not a luxury. This is where Thuraya satellite communications plays a key role. Thuraya’s satellite phones, smartphone adaptors and mobile broadband solutions open up windows of accessibility anywhere within our coverage area spanning more than 160 countries, in locations that are beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. They come with special SOS buttons and navigation systems that boost their effectiveness as dependable communication tools during emergencies.
While on the road, Maitha and Huda use XT-PRO satellite phones and IP+ broadband terminals to connect with their families and supporters, surf the internet and look up useful travel apps. In addition, Thuraya helps them chronicle their adventures on social media in real time. You can follow their exploits on Twitter and Instagram.
By embracing connectedness, Thuraya inspires women to discover themselves.