Posted by on August 04, 2011 in Blog

40-year-old Palestinian Suzanne al-Houby, mother of two, has become the first Arab woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The 8,848 meter peak took nearly 2 years of preparation and 51 days of climbing. Al-Houby described her accomplishment as an “enormous thrill and a great privilege":

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.

Upon reaching the peak, Al-Houby unraveled a banner bearing the flags of twenty Arab countries, and dedicated her triumph to “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.”

According to the UK’s Metro news, Al-Houby has thus far reached the summit of the highest mountains on five of the world’s seven continents, and is the first Arab woman to reach Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus, and the first Palestinian woman to reach Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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