In commemoration of the Year of Zayed, South African Arts International is coordinating The Zayed Mile. The first leg of the Zayed Mile, a four day, 250 mile bike ride from Queens, New York to Montauk Point, Long Island to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City was completed this summer. The purpose was to highlight Shiekh Zayed environmental legacy.
Starting late November from the United Arab Emirates with seven ghaf trees – the national tree of the UAE in tow, the second half of the Zayed Mile will have Don Victor Mooney undertaking a bike ride from Dubai to Al Ain to Abu Dhabi. The seven ghaf trees will symbolize and celebrate Sheikh Zayed vision of uniting all seven Emirates and will be planted in the capital city. At the conclusion, the bike, trailer, banners and awards from New York officials will be presented to Year of Zayed organizers. The culmination of the Zayed Mile is expected to coincide with UAE 47th Anniversary on December 2, 2018.
South African Arts International (SAAI)
Since 1994, SAAI mission is to promote multi-media events in venues all over the world; to exhibit the works of artists, artisans, musicians, scholars and professionals that is owned by others, and facilitate worldwide cultural understanding; to disseminate and exchange international art and culture; to provide scholarships, sponsor cultural events and artistic seminars.
Don Victor Mooney with President Nelson Mandela in Capetown, South Africa (1994).
Second Leg of the Zayed Mile
Don Victor Mooney will depart from Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai. He'll make another stop at Al Ain Palace Museum before heading to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The journey is expected to take four days.
First Leg of the Zayed Mile
This summer, Don Victor Mooney departed from his home in Queens, New York and cycled to Montauk Point, Long Island. He then headed back to New York City where he ended the bike ride at the United Nations Headquarters. The two-hundred and fifty mile bike ride took four days.
East End Cyclery
Velo Bikes of Hells Kitchen
Court Street Bike Shop
Montauk Point Light House
Montauk Point Bike Shop
Two Forks Cycle
Local Bike Shop
Synlawn of New York
Creative Signs of Chinatown, New York