In 2013 Raha Moharrak became the first Saudi woman to have climbed Mount Everest.
From a young age Raha had a curious nature and was blessed with parents who never asked her to change, who taught her to dream big and live even bigger. Although her society was conservative, she was raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities. Raha has always dreamt of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it.
Graduating with a bachelors in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, Raha started her career at a leading advertising agency but then things took on a different course when she summited Mount Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof top that she made the decision to not be silenced and to not be held her back from her love of adventure. Kilimanjaro opened the doors to eight more summits, and eventually she set her eyes on Everest. Completing the climb on May 18th of 2013 turned Raha when she made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest.
Raha is a strong believer that people can and should attempt the impossible whatever their background happens to be. She’s living proof that if children are raised to be confident and curious, and unapologetic about who they are, they will be capable of anything, just like it was possible for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world.
In April 2015, Raha was listed by Arabian Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40.
BASED IN: Dubai, UAE
LANGUAGES: Arabic and English
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