Hi, my name is Ali Khalil Husain, I was trained to be a petroleum engineer but born to be an explorer. Welcome to my country...it’s called planet Earth. I have been exploring this planet since I was 17 years old and now I would like to share this experience with you.
I was born in a small land North East of the Arabian Peninsula called Kuwait. I left it as a teenager and have been exploring the world ever since. I've lived in many different parts of the world, mainly around salty water and rugged majestic mountains. Along the way, I've worked in the energy exploration business in Alaska and the Arctic before coming back to the Arabian Peninsula to explore the untouched surface and the rich subsurface.
When I came back, I saw challenges facing our society. Our younger generations seemed to have few real goals. Our lives were an endless loop of materialism and unproductive behavior. Obesity is increasing, health problems are rising, substance abuse is spreading and society as a whole was suffering because of it. A lot of this seemed to me to be a result of youth having no clear goals and very little to inspire them.
I am a believer that whenever there is a challenge, there is an opportunity to fix things. The big question was how we could introduce discipline, leadership and life goals into the new generation, and do this in an attractive and fun way.
I've always believed that nature is a great place for people to find themselves. And when you combine nature and physical challenge, you have a powerful tool to bring people together. At first, I found the outdoors here were untouched, the definition of going camping is more of a picnic with all the comfort of home, including electrical generators and even TVs and satellite dishes. The deeper outdoors in Arabia were always left virgin, there are rugged mountains and beautiful lush wadis, majestic caves and deep sink holes. But everyone is so busy chasing day to day life in the cities across the GCC. So I started this campaign through my Instagram page by posting photos from beautiful places right in our back yard, I posted a picture a day and started to attract people’s attention. Most of the photos were from the Omani mountains and Wadis. This initiative started to attract enthusiastic youth of the region to start exploring our land and start a new community, a community of explorers. Some were thriving to explore places they never thought existed in their land, and some where there to explore themselves.
In 2013 when this became a concept and an idea for a business out of my home garage (The first Husaak center), I had 19 people joining my trips throughout the whole year and it was just a small group that kept coming back and sold about 73 seats. By the end of 2014, I had close to 250 people from all across the Gulf coming together and meeting other explorers and we sold about 450 seats. Since then and until end of 2018, my team has guided close to 6000 people in Oman alone and now we have 3 Adventure Centers, one in Muscat, one in Jebal Shams and one in Bandar Khairan. Husaak expanded into Abu Dhabi through our Seahawk watersports concept and serving an average of 10,000 people per year through our guided kayaking tours. New international destination concepts in Tanzania were launched as well as a reconnaissance trip to Antarctica to explore new prospects for the future. Several more International expeditions were executed since then to Alaska, Mongolia, Tanzania, Chile and Uganda. The concept is expanding and the team is growing, more people are joining the trips, some to challenge themselves, some to meet some like-minded new friends and some simply to take a break from the materialistic life we live.
So, you are probably wondering what does Husaak mean? Everyone asks me that question and while the answer is kind of boring, the better question is what the word Husaak has come to mean today. Husaak today is a community made up of thousands of outdoor and adventurer enthusiasts across the GCC and the world. It's also become a verb, with hundreds of people "Husaaking" their weekend. It's also become a noun referring to all the adventurers that come on our trips as "Husaakers".
So whenever you are ready for change.. contact us!