First UAE national to reach the North Pole is giving a talk in Dubai

Elham Al Qasimi skied cross-country to the geographic point in 2010

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The cold of the North Pole couldn’t be further from Dubai’s summer weather – but the first UAE national to brave the chilly temperatures is giving an inspirational talk this week about how she did just that.

Elham Al Qasimi skied cross-country to the geographic point in 2010, becoming the first Arab female to complete the famous journey.

All supplies needed for the last 100 nautical miles to the North Pole were carried on a sledge pulled by Qasimi during the stellar three-week feat.

She also carried the Olympic torch at the London 2012 Olympics following her “unsupported and unassisted” mission.

Al Qasimi will join two other sporting women this Monday April 9 for the Ladies with Zest event at Cove Beach.

She will be speaking alongside Saja Kamal, a Saudi female footballer who also plays for the Arsenal football ladies club, and UAE weightlifter Amna Al Haddad.

At the panel discussion, they hope to change gender stereotypes and show how women are “overcoming all boundaries” including in the worlds of sports and fitness.

Tickets for the event cost Dhs300, which includes lunch as well as a meet-and-greet.

Ladies with Zest has partnered with Gap Fit, who will be offering special discounts on the day, and Guava Pass, who will be giving away chances to win free fitness classes around Dubai.
Tickets Dhs300. 11am, Monday April 9. Cove Beach, next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, csprgroup.com/ladies-with-zest (050 454 6920).

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