Height of adventure: Saudi woman conquers Everest

Updated 26 May 2013
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Height of adventure: Saudi woman conquers Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal: A 25-year-old graduate student from Jeddah has made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to reach the world's highest peak Mount Everest, world news agencies reported Saturday.
Raha Moharrak, a university graduate currently based in Dubai, was with a group of 64 climbers who have successfully scaled Mount Everest from Nepal’s side of the mountain, reports from the BBC and Associated Press said.
Tilak Padney of Nepal’s Mountaineering Department said 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col.
All were reported to be safe.
Moharrak was with a four-person expedition that also includes two Arab men climbers from Qatar and Palestine, both attempting to be billed the first of their nations to reach the summit, said the BBC.
The expedition aims to raise one million dollars for education projects in Nepal, the report added.
A biography on the expedition website said Moharrak's family fully supported her participation in the climb, although convincing them to agree "was as great a challenge as the mountain itself."
On her making history, she said: "I really don't care about being the first. So long as it inspires someone else to be second."


Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

Updated 20 min 53 sec ago
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Media spotlight falls on Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites

  • Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage tour of key locations aimed at showcasing the Najd region of the Kingdom as a top visitor destination
  • The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) organized the trip, concentrated around the old towns of Shaqra and Ushaiger

RIYADH: Some of Saudi Arabia’s most historic sites on Sunday went under the media spotlight as part of a drive to boost tourism.
Journalists were taken on a cultural and heritage tour of key locations aimed at showcasing the Najd region of the Kingdom as a top visitor destination.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) organized the trip, concentrated around the old towns of Shaqra and Ushaiger, to coincide with the Colors of Saudi Arabia forum that aims to strengthen national tourism.
Places visited by the group of journalists and writers included Al-Halawa Museum Market, Al-Subaie House, the Husseini Mosque, the House of Mashreq and the heritage village of Ishiqar. They also went to a desert camp, watched cultural shows and ate locally produced cuisine.
Abdulrahman Al-Manee, whose Al-Halawa Museum Market shop was visited by the group, told Arab News: “Collecting antiques and cultural pieces has been my hobby for more than 50 years.”
He graduated from the fine arts school at King Saud University, and has a website where he sells his products throughout the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The SCTH presented a workshop for media professionals during the tour. Majid Al-Hasna, director of media relations at the SCTH, said it is keen to organize more trips for journalists to the Kingdom’s archaeological, historical, heritage and tourism sites.