Sheikha Asma attempts to 'ski to the top of the world'.
Tribune News Network Doha Sheikha Asma al Thani has on Saturday departed with a novice all-female team from the Middle East and Europe to attempt to ski to the last degree of the North Pole. If successful, Sheikha Asma will make history by becoming the first Qatari, male or female, to achieve the incredible and highly challenging feat, which will entail skiing 100km across the treacherous terrain to reach the top of the world. The expedition will see women from fellow Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait come together with women from European countries, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Cyprus, Russia and the UK to achieve the staggering, shared goal in order to foster greater dialogue and understanding between Western and Arabian cultures. The team will spend roughly 10 full days skiing across the shifting pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to reach the Geographic North Pole. Speaking ahead of the expedition, Sheikha Asma said:"I have been training so hard for over two years to prepare for this incredible challenge and now I just cannot wait to get started. Through this trip, I hope that we are able to create a conversation about how we can all challenge perceptions and reach beyond expectation, not just for these 10 days but long into the future. I would like to thank all the many people that have supported me in my preparations and making it possible for me to participate in this expedition, particularly my generous personal sponsors, Engie and Sports Corner." Sheikha Asma in 2014 became one of the first Qatari females to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in a charitable endeavour to raise QR2 million to build schools in Gaza, showing how the 28-year-old part-time adventurer is not new to pushing outside of her comfort zone in pursuit of greater goals. In addition to the gruelling training schedule, Asma has been juggling her demanding day-job as director of Marketing & Communications at the Qatar Olympic Committee, as well as the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
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