Height of adventure: Saudi woman conquers Everest

Updated 26 May 2013

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."


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.