Palestinian mother is the first Arab woman to reach Everest

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Dubai: Born in Palestine and living in UAE, 40-year-old  Suzanne Al-Houby, who is a mother of two children, became the first Arab woman to conquer Mount Everest, when she reached the highest mountain peak of the world in the morning of 21 May. She was part of a 4-member expedition team, the remaining three of whom also climbed the 8,848 metres high peak. She took 51 days for scaling Mount Everest and earlier had spent about two years in preparation for the climb, practicing and acclimatising for her feat. After achieving the feat, she said that she wants to share this victory with all Palestinian and Arab peoples, especially all young and old Arab women. She said that becoming the first Arab woman to reach the top of the world was an enormous thrill and a great privilege. Mrs Al-Houby became the first Arab woman to climb Mount Elbrus and the first Palestinian woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak in Africa.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 1

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