Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

SUMMIT IN SIGHT: Al-Ghamdi at the Everest base camp.
Updated 14 August 2016

Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

JEDDAH: Ahmed Mohammed Jam’an Al-Ghamdi from Baha has proved to the world that life begins after retirement if you are an optimist.
End of service at Aramco actually paved the way for him to start trekking in the hilly areas of the Kingdom.
Soon, he discovered the immense stamina and strength in him and set his sights on Mount Everest.
Al-Ghamdi, who is in his 70s, is now at the base camp of the Everest along with a group of 10 climbers, including a 19-year-old boy from Qasim.
Reaching the base camp was not a cakewalk. It was a 13-day, grueling trek in the Himalayas in Nepal.
At the base camp, the septuagenarian renewed his pledge for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Al-Ghamdi praised his wife for bringing up his four sons and four daughters.
In a letter to his wife, Al-Ghamdi wrote: “I must salute you from the heights of the Himalayas for bringing up my children in an exemplary manner. It took 13 days to climb the mountains — around eight days covering 70 km to climb up and five days to cover a distance of about 70 km climbing down.”
He said that when he reached a cliff, which is known for avalanches, he took the opportunity to remember his wife.
Al-Ghamdi said that he wants to convey the message that age is never an obstacle. “It was a successful journey without any tiredness, illnesses or injuries for any of our team members.”
Born in 1368 A.H. in Baha, Al-Ghamdi did his graduation from King Saud University in 1394 A.H. and masters from King Abdulaziz University in 1398 A.H.
He worked as a geological consultant for Aramco.
The video clip of the elderly Saudi man has gone viral on social media and it is attracting likes in large numbers.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.