The Executive Team

 

Saleh Dashti

Saleh is an entrepreneur and an explorer by heart. Saleh and Ali have been camping together since they were children. Since 2008, Saleh has been Ali’s partner in exploring such amazing places as Alaska, Mongolia, Jordan and Southern Arabia. These trips have formed the basis of the existing Husaak expeditions.

Saleh is currently part of the Executive Team and the General Manager of all Oman operations. Saleh brings leadership and discipline to the team. He will be working toward growing and expanding the Oman expeditions to serve more thirsty explorers and adventurers.

 

 

Khalid Jaffar

Khalid met Ali on one of the very first husaak trips in Oman, and he's been coming back ever since. A film and TV commercial producer by profession, Khalid's background has taken him from the world of finance through to advertising, with a stops in software development along the way. Expeditions to find new and exciting destinations is what Khalid enjoys the most, especially when there's rope or rock climbing involved in getting there. "Being part of this concept and seeing the very real impact it's having on people's lives has been such a gratifying experience for me"

A member of the Executive Committee and the group's Media Director, Khalid feels most at home hanging off the side of a cave wall, camera in hand, waiting for that perfect shot.

 

 

Ahmed Al Naime

Ahmed is a Petroleum Engineer from Abu Dhabi and his love for the outdoors is connected with his passion for geology in his work. As John Muir said" Going to the mountains is like going home". Ahmed and Ali’s love for the outdoors started way back in college in the heart of the Rocky Mountains during their college studies as Petroleum Engineers at the Colorado School of Mines. Ahmed truly enjoys guiding with the husaak team in the expeditions and adventures in Oman and the UAE. Ahmed has reconnected with Ali in 2008 to explore the beautiful surface and the rich subsurface of Arabia. When asked why he leaves the comfort of his own home to be out in the rugged mountains he explains, “The greatness of organizing these trips is to have amazing friendships with people who never thought to experience the beauty of doing something new in modernized Arabia. It is a sensation that cannot be measured except with the smiles you note on people’s faces.”

 

 

Arwa Abulhasan

Arwa has been a lover of the outdoors since she was a teenager. She skipped luxurious family vacations to go camping, diving, and hiking all over the world. Having lived in the US, Chile, France, and Tanzania, she had the chance to explore many different countries and cultures in great depth. After marrying Ali, they continued to explore the world together, focusing on Alaska and Arabia. She is now Husaak’s guide to Tanzania and is helping develop other international expeditions for the adventurous customer. Her favorite moment while guiding in Tanzania is to look at her customer’s awe struck faces when they encounter their first fierce lion. “Karibu Sana to Tanzania and to Husaak Adventures.”

 


 

The Guides

 

Linda Said Al Muqaimi

It all started for Linda when she injured her back and had difficulty walking. I was devastated and thought this was the end of me living as a normal human being. I refused the idea of surgery and muscle strengthening injections, I just wanted to recover in the most natural way and after sessions of physiotherapy I was gradually going back to being normal again. I then started strengthening my back muscles through specific workout since they were very weak. Two years later I found Husaak page on instagram that instantly caught my attention and thought why not challenge myself and see how far I got in this recovery, I signed up for a trip to Jebal shams summit, went there and became speechless of what I experienced, no words could possibly describe how I felt about living in the mountain for two nights, it was a short time but a life time memory for sure. The mountains were simply beautiful which made me want to go back and become addicted to nature. I signed up for the one nation trip to raise our flags with love and one spirit as one team on the land of peace Oman.

Occupation: Freelance Graphic Designer

Nationality: Omani

 

Wafiya Aloqab

After a life changing hike that lasted 11 hours under the full moon, Wafiya was awakened by the wonders of nature and the power of the mountains. Ever Since, she found her peace and happiness hiking mountains and sleeping under the stars. "It feels like home."

The enthusiastic Kuwaiti/Japanese is polishing her skills in ninjitsu, pursuing her graduate studies in environmental sciences and is a researcher in EPA. She is also the team admin, managing trip announcements and registration. If you are wondering who is talking you into signing up in trips, it's her.

 

Hasan Al Hashmi

Hasan Al Hashmi was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, a petroleum engineer by profession an outdoor & offroad enthusiast by passion. His love for the outdoors started in the middle of UAE's desert where offroading & desert crossing became his sanctuary to escape the city life, enjoy the company of like minded people while boiling a Karak tea pot.

Summiting Jabel Shams in 2013 was a turning point where another concept of outdoor life was experienced and from that point onward that new passion grew significantly within Hasan's heart leading him to seek and hike the heights in and out of The Arabian Peninsula

 

Anas AlBalushi

Anas met his first mountain somewhere in 2010, and ever since then, he's been in love with the mountains. His lifetime goal is to climb the 7 summits, he's done two of the them so far, Kilimanjaro in 2011 and Mt. Elbrus in 2013. Anas also climbed Mt. Toubkal in 2016, the highest peak in Arabia. He first met Husaak in October 2013 on a trip to Jabal Shams, and ever since, Jabal Shams has been his best weekend getaway.

Besides the mountains, Anas enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, road trips, camping, football, and music. Anas also enjoys photography, although it's not as easy to carry camera gear and take photos while hiking, he enjoys it and tries his best to take a photo of everyone in the group.

 

Khalfan Almansoori

Combining his love for outdoor physical activities and his passion for geoscience, Khalfan couldn’t be happier to join Husaak Team. Khalfan holds a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Geoscience Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. His other eye (the one not looking out for Oil prices) is often on Husaak trips announcements for exploring the world. Setting up camp miles from anywhere is his best kind of adventure. To him, it is all about experiencing something new, challenging yourself, learning and broadening your perspective.

 

Feras Al Balushi

A Banker by trade, this Omani adventurer started hiking in 2010 along with his cousin Anas, who’s also part of the Husaak Team. He found his home, his passion and his relief within mother nature and has kept going back for more adventures ever since. Feras’s Goal is to travel the world and climb it's highest summits.
Feras found Husaak and joined us twice to the summit of Jabal Shams in 2013 before being nominated to join the team in 2016.

 

Zouheir Fathallah

Zouheir has been going on trips with Husaak since 2009 and after a while decided to be part of the team. Zouheir is from Lebanon and grew up in the UAE, he is a big fan of the passion and spirit he sees from every new adventurer these trips bring. Zouheir is a curious person who enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and found these trips as the perfect platform to do so.

 

Sumaiya AlSharhan

 Sumaiya. Always the creative, hands-on individual, found herself working as a creative art director; however, her true calling has always been exploring the great outdoors. The half-Kuwaiti, half-Texan adventurer was a beach baby, growing up to be her father's right hand during his many fishing trips, a ritual she will always treasure. Her love for nature made her take up water skiing at six years of age, scuba diving at 13, doing surface 360 turns on her knee board and finally, high jumping with her stand-up jetski.

 After conquering most of the earth's terrain, Sumaiya's attention turned to Oman, a beautiful place filled with majestic landscapes that would fill the heart of any hiker-to-be. On her first hiking trip with Husaak Adventures, a sudden onset of a powerful flu pushed Sumaiya beyond her physical and mental limits. While the entire trek took 14 hours, she managed to make it back to camp. After she finally rested her worn body, she realized that the most difficult journeys in life bring the most rewarding experiences, from the inspirational people she met along the way to recognizing the priceless feeling of accomplishing the impossible when all odds were against her. And she’s been coming back ever since! She hopes to experience more and bigger challenges in her life to help her spirit grow and flourish. Just as a wise man once told her, "It is all about the mental drive. That is what takes you further."