In Qatar, a country with 2.7 million inhabitants, news about the first Qatari woman to climb Mt Everest made headlines. Nearly 85 percent are expatriates.
Sheikha Asma bint Thani Al-Thani, a Qatari Olympic Committee (QOC), said that she became the first woman from Qatar to climb Mt Lhotse. It is the fourth highest peak at 8,516m.
Al-Thani lifted Qatar’s flag from the top of the world on May 27th. She wrote on Instagram: “Everest-A goal I have been working towards for quite some time.”
Al-Thani was unable to scale the peak of 8,849 metres in May 2013 because of adverse weather conditions.
Do not be afraid to dream big. Once you’ve made the decision to dream big, it is time to commit to making it happen. She said that “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!” on Instagram.
Al-Thani is the first Qatari woman who has scaled Everest. Al-Thani also recently became the first Arab climber to the summit of Mt Kangchenjunga. This mountain, at 8,586 m above sea level, is the third highest mountain in the world.
She was the first Qatari skier to reach both North and South poles in January.
Al-Thani, who described her climb to Mt Lhotse via Instagram, said that without QOC’s help and empowerment the climb would have been impossible. “Within 24hrs of summiting Mt Everest we headed towards Mt Lhotse (8.516 m), fourth highest mountain in world,” she stated. The Lhotse Couloir was covered in snow and heavy snow for a few days. However, that didn’t stop us from climbing to the top and returning safely.
Al-Thani wants to be the first woman in the Middle East to complete Explorers Grand Slam. This involves climbing seven summits (Mount Everest and Aconcagua and Denali), Puncak Jaya, Mount Elbrus, Vinson Massif and Puncak Jaya) and reaching the North Pole.
She’s now completed seven of the nine challenges: Kilimanjaro (2014), the North Pole (2018), Aconcagua 2019 and Mount Elbrus 2021. Vinson Massif, South Pole, and Mount Everest are all she has completed.
Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country hosting the FIFA World Cup at its end, has made substantial investments in sports infrastructure. It also pulls out all the stops to make sure that residents and citizens enjoy sports with passion.