Saudi climbers Mona Shabab and Saud Al-Eidi praised after reaching Everest summit

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Al-Eidi, on a different ascent, posted a picture to his Instagram profile once he reached the Everest summit. (Instagram: @saud_ed)
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Two Saudi Arabians - Shabab (center, left) and Al-Eidi (center, right) have been awarded on their return to the Kingdom for reaching the summit of Mount Everest last week. (SPA)
Updated 29 May 2019

Saudi climbers Mona Shabab and Saud Al-Eidi praised after reaching Everest summit

  • It took the duo 60 days to complete the trek to the top of the world’s highest peak (8,850 meters)
  • Two climbers were welcomed on their return to Jeddah

RIYADH: Two Saudi Arabians have been awarded on their return to the Kingdom for reaching the summit of Mount Everest last week.
Saud Al-Eidi and Mona Shabab were welcomed on their return to Jeddah by Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd, chairman of the Saudi Federation for Climbing. Saudi ambassador to US Princess Reema bint Bandar was also present at the ceremony.




Two Saudi Arabians - Shabab (center, left) and Al-Eidi (center, right) have been awarded on their return to the Kingdom for reaching the summit of Mount Everest last week. (SPA)

It took the duo 60 days to complete the trek to the top of the world’s highest peak (8,850 meters). Prince Bandar paid tribute to their achievement and urged them to continue in their efforts to reach other world heights.
Speaking to Arab News earlier this month from Everest Base Camp, Shabab said: “One of my goals is for us to gently shake the world, to change misperceptions, and maybe even shatter some stereotypes. Many raise an eyebrow when they hear a Saudi woman has achieved something.

“Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to,” she added.
Shahab now wants to scale two of the world’s highest seven summits — Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and Denali, the highest point in North America. They form part of the world’s “Seven Summits” and the Explorers Grand Slam title — which requires adventurers to reach the North Pole and the South Pole in addition to the seven peaks.




Mona Shabab's climbing journey so far. (Arab News)

Once she achieves that she intends to make her way to the North and South Pole on skis and become the first Saudi to complete the Explorers Grand Slam challenge. In 2012, she scaled the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain Kilimanjaro and two years later reached the peak of Mont Blanc in France.
Al-Eidi, on a different ascent, posted a picture to his Instagram profile once he reached the summit with a message thanking friends and family for their continued support after “six years of training and 60 days in the Himalayas.”

2019 has been one of the deadliest climbing seasons on Everest in recent memory, with at least 11 deaths so far this year.


Governor of Saudi Arabia's Baha province inaugurates health projects in the region

Updated 29 October 2020

Governor of Saudi Arabia's Baha province inaugurates health projects in the region

Al-Baha Gov. Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inaugurated health projects in the region with the virtual participation of Health Minister
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.
The prince visited the projects, which have a total value of around SR120 million ($32 million), at King Fahd Hospital. He also visited the hospital’s command and control center, where Al-Rabiah gave a speech via video call.
“The health projects ... embody the generous support and attention that the services and care system enjoy from our wise leadership and confirm that citizens’ health is one of its most important priorities,” the minister said.
He praised employees for their efforts to improve performance levels and services in line with the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program and its Vision 2030 reform plan.
The governor said the projects were comparable to those in developed countries and he praised  Saudi Arabia’s efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. He also welcomed Tuesday’s decision by the Council of Ministers to give SR500,000 to the families of public and private health sector workers who have died due  to COVID-19.