100 countries, 18 months, one determined man on the Goodwill Journey of a lifetime

Thuraya has been supporting Dubai-based entrepreneur Wissam Al Jayyoussi in his riding expeditions to raise funds for children located in war-torn countries in the Middle East. Al Jayyoussi tells us more about the role of mobile satellite technology in his journeys, and how it will facilitate his upcoming one.


The 2012 expedition saw Al Jayoussi travel through tough terrain as well as long stretches of road without any connectivity

Since 2010, Wissam Al Jayyoussi has covered more than 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia on his motorcycle for Goodwill Journey: a charity initiative started by Al Jayyoussi himself to create awareness to the suffering and hardships of children in Middle Eastern war zones.

In March 2015, he will once again embark on an expedition - this time expanding his route to include 6 continents - which will take him through 100 countries around the world in 18 months. His goal? To raise $3 million to support the building of children’s hospitals and medical missions in the Middle East.

Given the precarious nature of his journeys, Al Jayyoussi relies heavily on satellite technology to ensure reliable connectivity even while traversing different continents. The Thuraya XT used in his previous expedition in 2012 served as a vital communication link to his family and the Goodwill Journey team, as well as a lifeline during emergencies regardless of how remotely he is located.


Al Jayyoussi used the Thuraya XT during his 2012 expedition to chart his journey across the Middle East and Asia

“What’s also great about the Thuraya XT is its robustness to withstand extreme riding conditions, such as exposure to dirt, water, and vibrations, and its long battery life to last me days on the road. More importantly, like other Thuraya equipment, it features GPS capabilities that allowed me to track my location, especially in areas where local networks were unstable,” he added.

For the upcoming journey around the world, Al Jayyoussi will be equipped with the Thuraya SatSleeve, which transforms his smartphone into a satellite phone.

“The Thuraya SatSleeve lets me stay connected with my family and colleagues, and ensures that I am a phone call away during emergency situations via my own personal device. It is also more convenient to access social media platforms - enabling me to post regular updates of my journey and ultimately raise greater awareness to its cause,” said Al Jayoussi.

The upcoming expedition, which covers 240,000 km, marks Al Jayyoussi’s biggest journey yet, as it will be his first time riding through North and South America as well as Africa - and will undoubtedly put his endurance to the test. As with previous journeys, Al Jayyoussi acknowledged that the road ahead will not be easy.

“In most parts of this journey, I will be travelling on rough, isolated terrains facing unpredictable weather conditions - mimicking the plight of refugee children,” he explained. ‘Despite potential difficulties, I look forward to riding for the sick and underprivileged children in the Middle East.”

GPS capabilities that allowed me to track my location, especially in areas where local networks were unstable,” he added.

“The Thuraya SatSleeve lets me stay connected with my family and colleagues, and ensures that I am a phone call away during emergency situations via my own personal device. It is also more convenient to access social media platforms - enabling me to post regular updates of my journey and ultimately raise greater awareness to its cause,” said Al Jayoussi.

We wish Al Jayyoussi all the best in his upcoming journey to create awareness and raise funds for the building of children’s hospitals and medical missions in the Middle East.

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