DOHA: A Kuwaiti ship named Rahlat-al-Amal (Trip of Hope), carrying mentally challenged people on a tour of 19 countries, anchored at Doha Port yesterday.
The voyage aims to promote the cause of the mentally challenged.
The ship was received at the port by Amir Al Mulla, executive director of the Qatar Federation for People with Special Needs, Al Jazi Al Kuwari, deputy director of Cultural and Social Center and Dr Sayf Al Hajri, vice chairman of Qatar Foundation.
The 16-member crew of the ship include nine expert sailors with the Kuwaiti naval force.
The ship is to anchor at 37 ports across the world before reaching the US after 210 days touring the world.
Parents or guardians of the mentally challenged are also on board. “We are happy to receive the ship and help those on board reach their destinations to convey a message from GCC to the world about the importance of integrating people with special needs with the community,” said Al Hajri.
“The number of disabled in the world grew in the recent past due to environmental pollution, climate change, road accidents and marriage between blood relatives. The community must be aware of these issues,” said Amir Al Mulla.
The ship left Kuwait for a seven-month tour and is scheduled to return on
December 1. It first anchored at the port of Bahrain before arriving in Doha. From Qatar, it will sail to the UAE later going to Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greek, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, France, UK and the US.