Pakistani biker and vlogger Abrar Hassan had already traveled to more than 80 countries, at least 12 of them on his motorcycle, by the time he decided this year it was time to pursue possibly his greatest dream — a bike ride to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.
Hassan set out from Nankana Sahib on 9 February in pursuit of his ambition, going on a trip that took him across three continents and 50 days to complete before arriving in Madinah on 27 March.
He then traveled to Makkah, the holiest city in Islam, to make the Umrah pilgrimage.
Hassan expressed gratitude to the Saudi people for their “warm welcome” and love.
Arbab described one memorable event during his trip to Saudi Arabia as meeting a group of women selling tea.
“When they came to know that I was traveling on a motorcycle from Pakistan to perform Umrah, they didn’t take any money from me and said ‘you are our guest’,” he said.
A video of Hassan’s interaction with the women went viral on the Internet and earned him fame in the kingdom: “Whenever I go out with my motorcycle … the support and love I am receiving right now are just incredible.”
“I have visited Riyadh, Madinah, and Makkah so far, but in the next few days I am starting my travel to different cities of Saudi Arabia,” he said. “I am going to Jeddah, Abha, Al-Bahah, Jazan, and AlUla near the Jordan border.”