Dubai: Suzanne al-Houby, a Palestinian
who lives in the United Arab Emirates, has become the first
woman to scale Mount Everest, the world`s tallest mountain,
she said in a statement on Saturday.
"Becoming the first Arab woman to reach the top of the
world was an enormous thrill and a great privilege," Houby
said in the statement.
"I would like to share this triumph with the
Palestinian people and all Arabs -- especially all the Arab
women, young and old, who continue to contribute to the peace
and stability of the region we all call home.
"I will never forget the moment when my dream became
reality, when I saw the prayer flags flapping in the thin air,
marking the summit of the greatest mountain on earth," she
Houby, 40, spent 51 days making the climb, which she
completed on the morning of May 21, the statement said, adding
that she spent two years preparing for her Everest attempt.