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UAE-based Al Thani is first Qatari to scale Mt. Everest
May 24, 2013
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Sharjah: UAE-based, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Reach Out To Asia’s (Rota) brand ambassador, returns victorious after becoming the first Qatari to conquer the world’s highest mountain - Mount Everest, at an altitude of 8,848m, and raising the UAE flag on the summit.

With a team of Arabs that named their group “Arabs With Altitude,” Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani was accompanied throughout his adventurous two-month adrenaline-filled journey in his quest to reach the top of the world, by his friends Raed Zidan, who became the first Palestinian to summit Mt. Everest, Masoud Mohammad, Raha Muharrak who became the first Saudi Arabian woman and youngest Arab to summit Mt. Everest and the videographer Elia Saikaly.

They are trying to raise $1 million (Dh3.67 million) for education projects in Nepal.

Sheikh Mohammed was born on the June 16, 1982, in Sharjah, UAE, where he was subsequently raised. He completed his BA in 2004 and MBA in 2006 from the American University of Sharjah, (AUS).

In January 2012, he was entrusted with the position of director-general of Sharjah Statistics Centre. He is also a member of Air Arabia’s Board of Directors and a successful entrepreneur, founder of, Sharjah Paintball Park, Grab n’ Go Food Outlet, Prestige Hospitality and Tamween catering companies — all in the UAE.

Besides his extensive business profile, he is a successful philanthropist, sportsman, entrepreneur, adventure traveller and a passionate mountaineer. All of Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani’s mountaineering expeditions are connected with a noble mission of raising awareness and charity.

He is climbing as the Brand Ambassador for Reach Out to Asia (Rota), a private non-profit organisation based in Doha, Qatar, to raise awareness that education is a right for everyone. (See

Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani’s dedicated mission is to push his limits to reach “The seven highest summits of the seven continents of the world”.

Mt. Everest is one of the harshest environments on the planet, completely unpredictable and filled with uncertainty. It is one of the most difficult and arduous challenges a human being can undertake and is the ultimate symbol of human potential.

For Sheikh Mohammed, mountaineering is a passion. In September 2011, he conquered Mont Blanc at 4,810m. He also climbed the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895m twice on March 2010 and on November 2011, respectively. Similarly, in December 2012, he reached the top of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, at an altitude of 4,892m. On August 28, 2012, he reached Mount Elbrus the highest point in Europe at 5,642m. In October 2012, he summited Mount Kosciuszko, Australia, at 2,228m and on Jan.5, 2013 he reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua (South America), the highest peak in the Western hemisphere at an altitude of 6,960m.

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