The agony and ecstasy of walking the UAE in seven days


If you think you’ve had a tough week, spare a thought for Sean Burgess. The British HR software manager spent seven days crossing all seven emirates of the UAE by foot to break a world record. “I gave everything and left nothing out there,” says Burgess.

Burgess started his 650km journey at Al Ghuwaifat on the Saudi Arabian border, travelling through Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah, and then over the Hajar mountains to finish in Fujairah.

The Brit, who has lived in the UAE for seven years, ran and walked for up to 18 hours a day to cross the country and now holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of the United Arab Emirates on foot.

Burgess, 33, tackled the feat to raise money for Soft Power Education, a Ugandan charity aiming to help children of determination in some of the country’s poorest areas.

Now back in his office in Dubai, Burgess spoke to EDGAR about what he learned on his epic journey but we began by asking him how his body was feeling.