Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani becomes first Qatari to climb Mount Everest

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Thirty-year-old Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani has become the first Qatari ever to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.

Sheikh Mohammed, who goes by Moe, reached the top of the world’s highest mountain this morning, at 7:15am Qatar time, flying the Reach Out to Asia flag.

He made the ascent as part of a four person group, called Arabs with Altitude, which has been trying to raise $1m for ROTA’s educational projects in Nepal. Moe is Brand Ambassador for the charity.

This morning, Raed Zidan also became the first Palestinian man to reach the top.

Their fellow team member, 27-year-old Raha Moharrak, became the first Saudi Arabian woman to scale the peak over the weekend. 

Seven mountain challenge

Moe is no stranger to mountaineering. His Everest ascent marks the end of an odyssey to climb seven of the highest mountains in the world – Mont Blanc (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), Mount Elbrus (Europe) Mount Kosciusko (Australia) and Mount Aconcagua (South America.)

Speaking after his ascent of Mount Elbrus last year, Moe explained what motivates him:

“I am inspired by causes that motivate people to challenge themselves, to change their perceptions or the way things have always been in the search for something better. With each climb, I move out of my comfort zone but come closer to becoming the individual I aspire to be.”

Moe’s climb is being filmed by Qatar TV. 

We’ll update this post as soon as we have a photo of him at the peak. 

Thoughts?

Credit: Photo from Arabs with Altitude on Twitter

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