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21 countries, 20,000kms in 80 days - Omani biker rides high

by T.A. Ameerudheen
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Maher Khalid Al Barwani rides through strife-hit countries and tricky snowy terrains to become the first Omani to successfully complete a bike trip to 21 countries spread across three continents

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Oman's sand riders
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