First Saudi woman summits the Everest

First Qatari and first Palestinian man to summit the Everest along with Saudi Raha Moharrak.

Web Desk May 18, 2013
The group summitted Everest to raise money for Nepal. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Raha Moharrak, 25, has become the first ever Saudi woman to climb to scale Mount Everest, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday.

Moharrak, a graphic design graduate, is the only female in a group of four Arabs who announced two months ago that they would be reaching the summit in 2013.

"The first ever Saudi woman to attempt Everest has reached the top!! Bravo Raha Moharrak. We salute you," said a tweet from the group on Saturday.

The "Arabs with Altitude" group includes Mohammed Al Thani, a member of Qatar's royal family, Raed Zidan, a Palestinian real-estate businessman and Masoud Mohammad, an Iranian living in Dubai who owns an ice-cream franchise.

Ahead of their trip, Moharrak said: “I really don’t care about being the first ... so long as it inspires someone else to be the second."

Moharrak studied at a university in Sharjah, UAE, and is originally from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

"We are trying to raise one million dollars for Nepali education projects during our climb to the top," the group said on its website.

Along wi Moharrak, Thani would be the first Qatari man and Zidan the first Palestinian man to summit the worlds highest peak.


citizen | 8 years ago | Reply

@weirdity: you pointed out right facts but please get a life . We are so sick of saudi moral police . its high time the so called his highness orders moral police to pack their bags and send them home

Weirdity | 8 years ago | Reply

Congratulations to her. most people do not understand the dangers she has put herself under just for undertaking this expedition. The article leaves out a few very important details.

1) was she accompanied by a male guardian from her family when she was climbing? If not, she is breaking Saudi law.

2) was she wearing hijab when under the open sky? If not, she has broken the Saudi mutaween law, and the moral police will come after her.

3) did she socialize with men who are not her family? Even with men who are helping her in her expedition? She can be charged with prostitution under Saudi law.

Thank god that this article does not carry he picture. It's possible that would have broken some law by the mutaween.

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