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UAE National reaches the North Pole

April 24 - Elham Al-Qasimi reached the North Pole, arriving 90 degrees latitude on April 23, 2010 at 13:15. Elham is the first Arab woman to set foot at the northernmost tip of the world, making the trek ski-assisted and unsupported.


She arrived in Longyearbyen, the northernmost inhabited area in the world, last week and from there continued her journey Northwards via Russian plane, sleds and skis. An article on Longyearbyen was published on Irhal.com in February

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