RAMALLAH, May 29 (JMCC) - A Palestinian resident of Dubai announced Saturday that she had become the first Arab woman to scale the peaks of Mt. Everest, reports the
Becoming the first Arab woman to reach the top of the world was an enormous thrill and a great privilege, said [Suzanne] 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.