Emirati women make it to the tallest peak in Africa

May 12, 2013 | By More

May 12, AP – The was the first trip ever by an Emirati team of climbers to the tallest peak in Africa was sponsored by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development and the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy.

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An Emirati team of mountaineers, including nine girl students of Abu Dhabi Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and their three female teachers, has returned home recently after successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The ice-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level.

The mountaineers trekked their way to the top following a seven-day arduous journey under a temperature ranging from 15 to 20 degree Celsius below zero, and low levels in oxygen.

The heroines were accorded a warm welcome reception at the premises of Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy as well as by HCT Abu Dhabi for girl students.

The honoured students said they were proud when they reached the peak, due to the challenges and the climatic conditions they faced after six days running, and managed to make it on the seventh day to Uhuru Peak.

The journey was part of the HCT celebrations of its 25th anniversary, held in collaboration with Fatima bint Mubarak Academy for women sports and Mubadala Development.

Noora Al Kaabi, member of the board of directors of Fatima bint Mubarakl Academy, praised the students for the achievements. She said it underlined the strong will and determination of the students to hoist high the flag of the UAE among the landmarks and forums throughout the world. She said: “the attention and care of Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, mother of the emirates, and chairwoman of the General Women Union, who is also supreme chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and chairperson of the supreme council for maternity and children, had encouraged the team to make the achievement.

Associated press coordinator for human rights observers – contributed to this report.


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