UAE-based mother becomes 'first Arab woman to climb Everest'

Suzanne al Houby describes achievement as 'an enormous thrill and a privilege'.

Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian-born and UAE-based mother of two, has become the first Arab woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the worldÕs tallest mountain. Photo Courtesy Asdaa
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DUBAI // Suzanne al Houby, a Palestinian who lives in Dubai, has become the first Arab woman to scale Mount Everest, she said in a statement yesterday.

"Becoming the first Arab woman to reach the top of the world was an enormous thrill and a great privilege," said Ms al Houby, who runs an adventure travel business.

"I would like to share this triumph with the Palestinian people and all Arabs - especially all the Arab women, young and old, who continue to contribute to the peace and stability of the region we all call home. I will never forget the moment when my dream became reality, when I saw the prayer flags flapping in the thin air, marking the summit of the greatest mountain on Earth," she said.

Ms al Houby spent 51 days making the climb, which she completed on the morning of May 21, the statement said, adding that she spent two years preparing for her ascent of the world's highest mountain.