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Suzanne Al Houby

Suzanne Al Houby

First Arab Woman to climb and summit Mount Everest
Founder & CEO of Rahhalah Explorers


Initiatives that can be described as daring and innovative in healthcare, life-sciences, setting up charities, adventure travel business & climbing have one thing in common : She was told that she couldn’t do it! She did and that is what Suzanne Al Houby is all about.

Her favorite quote is “it is easy to be inspired, but it is not so easy to act”

Suzanne Al Houby is the first Arab Woman to climb and summit Everest, the highest mountain on earth at 8850 meters on May 21, 2011. Before that she was the first Arab woman to climb Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson (the highest mountains in Western Europe, Europe, South America, & Antarctica), in addition to Kilimanjaro and Toubkal the highest mountains in Africa and North Africa Respectively amongst others.

Her eye now is to finish the 7 summits (the highest mountain on each continent as she only has two left) and hopefully become the first Arab Woman in history to do so. After that she will also ski both the North and South Poles and finish the Grand Slam as called in the extreme adventure world. (Grand slam is the 7 summits and the poles).

She visited more than 100 destinations worldwide, carried a backpack half her weight and camped in extreme conditions. Therefore, she developed a sense of what to look for in an adventure, and decided to put this in Rahhalah Explorers, her dream project.

An environmentalist, a humanitarian and an explorer with a set of values that define integrity for her “ It is never about greed, fame or even the summit, it is about doing the right thing in a world that has a significant number of people losing sight of what is important”. In her business, she runs the only company that has a payback promise in the Middle East; this becomes more significant in a small company like hers.



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