Fadi Hachicho was a successful advertising professional from Lebanon, who had steady employment and a stable lifestyle that every expat in UAE aspires to.
So, when Fadi decided to quit the 9-to-5 grind in 2015 to pursue his passion – or rather obsession with the outdoors to become a mountaineer, not only did he raise many eyebrows but had to prove the viability of his choices to himself as well.
To escape the drudgery of his work environment, the 32-year-old was heavily involved with lots of outdoor activity groups but they did little in satisfying his wanderlust and eventually got him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, which was the turning point in his life that strengthened his resolve to pursue mountaineering as a full-time profession.
“Kilimanjaro is the mountain that changed the whole formula of my life. I knew it was going to be a challenge and I needed all the mental support to push for my family and myself to prove to myself that this was the right thing to do. Kilimanjaro, for me, was the metaphor of what I was going to face in the near future should I choose to quit my job,” he said.
“I am the happiest when I am outdoors and I was really unsettled when I was behind the desk. I was heavily involved in other outdoor activities and jumped around the Hajar mountains in the region, but they were nothing compared to climbing a high-altitude mountain, like Kilimanjaro,” Fadi Hachicho told Sport360.
Extricating himself from the corporate sphere was a daunting task, but not nearly as unnerving as presenting a valid explanation to his family for his drastic career change.
“I knew changing my career path was going to be a big challenge, mentally, physically, and emotionally. You know after spending money and time on education and university, you can’t just turn around to your parents and say that you have decided to become a mountain guide.”
Despite the many hurdles, Fadi found comfort and support from his then-employers, who pushed him to give mountain climbing a shot and come back to his regular job, if it didn’t work out.
Fadi underwent rigorously training for Kilimanjaro to build up his endurance, but even multiple rounds of stairclimbing could not prepare them for the rough weather and the terrain.
After many difficulties, Fadi successfully climbed Kilimanjaro and decided to obtain the necessary certifications to finally start his own adventure company called Adventurati Outdoor.
“In August, I signed my resignation and was on my way to Alaska, where I signed up for an outdoor leadership school. I spent two months there in the wilderness backpacking and we had to carry almost 45 kilos on your back to get certified as a mountaineer, rock climber, and ice climber. And that was the birth of Adventurati,” said Fadi.
From there on, Fadi embarked on this life changing journey that allowed him to explore the natural beauty of the world and also made him realise how a person’s true nature bares itself when they are left to their own devices on the terrain.
“The beauty about the mountains is that you can’t fake it. When you’re out there out of your comfort zone, there is no mask – you are who you are. You want to cry, you cry. You want to laugh, you laugh. You want to be angry, you will be angry. It’s not like the city, where you can hide behind your possessions and your title in the mountain, it’s just you.”
Adventurati Outdoor offers tailor-made tours & treks for all group sizes. They cater and customise trips for individual travelers, families, groups, corporate clients and school adventure escapes.
Thousands of work-mates are preparing to go head-to-head against other companies this weekend for the 13th annual Dubai Corporate Games, supported by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Community Sports Initiative.
Since its inception in 2006, the Dubai Corporate Games has become the largest annual sports and team building event in the region. Spread over two days, this year’s event, organised by High 5 events, promises to be the biggest ever thanks to thousands of employees registering for what is a great team-building weekend as a great family fun. A whopping 3,500 participants turned out for last year’s games, competing in 17 different sports and drawing fierce competition in a range of events including bowling, golf and swimming.
The event aims to promote wellness, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle amongst the local corporate community, along with offering networking platform for like-minded professionals. There’s still time to register for the games, taking place this weekend at American University in Dubai. Some sports will be taking place off-campus including the dragon boat at the Internet City lake, golf at the Emirates Golf Club, karting at the Dubai Kartdrome, bowling at Dubai Bowling Center and cricket at Wellington School. There are no restrictions on the number of events companies can enter, however all participants must be current employees of their firm. An award ceremony, where competitor will be awarded their medals will wrap up the two-day event on Saturday 17th March.
Chalhoub Group collected most of the medals following wins in the swimming, running, karting and basketball games. Following in the footsteps of Chalhoub, PepsiCo, Petrofac, Nestle, Dubai Duty Free and MARS from last year’s event, Sport 360 will be fielding our very own team in competition in this year’s games. While the teams are competing, there’s also plenty to do for families and friends to keep entertained, with music, food stations and other family-friendly activities.
Bahi Rifai owner of High Five Events FZ LLC said, “The Dubai Corporate Games have grown exponentially year-on-year. The event brings corporate athletes together not only to compete, but also to spend a fun-filled weekend with family and friends. It is a yearly celebration with plenty of side activities and competitions, dedicated kid’s area, food and beverages, music, Zumba classes, and a few other surprises too.”
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Full list of sports
Volleyball (4s) on grass
Tennis Men Doubles
Tug of War
Fitness – Strong Man/Woman
Dubai Marina is one of the emirate’s most popular areas for runners in the UAE, and this weekend the spot hosts an organised event with a difference.
Two hundred participants have signed up for the On Art Run, taking in the scenic route around the Marina, starting at the Xclusive Yachts mooring. Runners will gather together for a 5km run around the Marina, which will then be followed by a buffet dinner on a special two-hour boat cruise.
The art-inspired evening has two of Dubai’s best upcoming artists involved, including South African-born Mariska Nel. Nel will be on board the cruise showcasing works of art, as well as painting runners’ shoes with unique designs. Also on board will be a live DJ spinning the decks for the duration of the cruise and competition prizes will be given away too.
Runners will get to see the whole of Dubai Marina as the track loops around the iconic skyscrapers. The cruise is scheduled to leave the Marina dock at 19:30 and return around 21:30.
Participants have the chance to mingle with fellow race-goers and art fans on the yacht, building on bringing together like-minded people using exercise and creative minds, a concept which was successful when rolled out in the United States.
The On Art Run originated in downtown Los Angeles, which is home to some of the world’s best street art and graffiti artists. Speaking at the event, David Allemann, the On co-founder, said: “On is a running shoe brand, originally out of Switzerland, we’re not just designing a shoe but a running experience.” Over 400 people registered for the LA run contributing to the $4,000 that was raised for LA charities promoting arts and culture.
As for the new On Cloud running shoes, they’re specially designed so that when your foot hits the ground the highly adaptive rubber elements cushion both vertical and horizontal forces for a softer landing.
The ‘clouds’ lock firm to provide a solid foundation for a natural and powerful takeoff and on the sole they act like tiny stability balls, responding to every movement of your foot. They activate postural muscles and enable you to stabilize your foot without artificial support
Prices for the event start at Dh295 and participants will each receive a goody bag and t-shirt along with the food and drink on the boat cruise.
What: On Art Run
When: Friday, March 9 from17:30
Where: Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina