x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Designer becomes first Saudi woman to conquer Everest

Raha Moharrak from Jeddah reached the 8,850-metre summit yesterday to become Saudi's first woman to climb Mount Everest.

DUBAI // A 27-year-old graphic designer in Jeddah yesterday became the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest.

Raha Moharrak began the climb in early April in a fund-raising campaign for education in Nepal. She reached the 8,850-metre summit yesterday morning.

She is part of the Arabs with Altitude group that includes Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, a member of the Qatar royal family, and Masoud Kalafchi, from Dubai. "Bravo Raha Moharrak," the group tweeted yesterday. "We salute you."

Ms Moharrak, a graduate of the American University of Sharjah, has also climbed the highest peaks in Africa, Antarctica, the Americas and Europe - Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Aconcagua and Elbrus.

She said before setting off: "I really don't care about being the first. So long as it inspires someone else to be second."