UAE climbers plant Expo 2020 flag at summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

The six strong team took almost a week to reach the summit of the 5,895 metre mountain before planting the Expo 2020 bid flag.

DUBAI // A group of climbers from the UAE have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the Dubai’s expo bid.

The six-strong team took almost a week to reach the summit of the 5,895 metre mountain before planting the Expo 2020 bid flag.

“We wanted to show our support for the bid and we thought climbing the highest mountain in Africa was symbolic of how, with passion and determination, obstacles can be overcome and challenges met,” said 23-year-old Emirati, Hamad Sharaf.

“It is this spirit that has made Dubai and the UAE what they are today, and it is that spirit that makes our bid for Expo 2020 so strong.”

The climb was supported by DP World, one of the partners of the UAE bid.

Aside from Mr Sharaf, other members of the team were from Canada and Lebanon, but all are residents of the UAE.

Mr Sharaf said the diversity of the team reflected the broad, cross-cultural support for the bid.

“Hosting Expo in 2020 is hugely important for Emiratis and other UAE residents of my generation, giving us the opportunity to connect and share ideas with people from around the world,” he said.

“That our climbing team was made up of a number of different nationalities also reflects the diversity of the UAE, which about 200 nationalities call home.

“We hope to be able to celebrate when the votes are cast next month.”

mcroucher@thenational.ae

Published: October 22, 2013 04:00 AM

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