"Nabs" becomes first Arab to reach the North Pole

39-year-old plants Omani flag on the magnetic North Pole after walking more than 650km.
FIRST MAN: Nabil Al Busaidi was ranked 97 on the Arabian Business Power 100 list. (Getty Images)
By Neeraj Gangal
Fri 01 May 2009 09:43 AM

Omani adventurer Nabil "Nabs" Al Busaidi has become the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole, the Gulf News Daily reported on Friday.The 39-year-old was also part of the Oman North Pole Expedition team, the daily added.

Al Busaidi and his two teammates achived the distinction of walking more than 650km.

They only took short breaks for food and clinched victory despite hallucinating and falling asleep while walking, his friend Maria Jense said, according to the Bahrain-based newspaper.

"My name is Nabil Al Busaidi, I am the son of Riadh and Salma Al Busaidi and I am calling from the North Pole," Nabs is quoted as saying as he proudly planted the Omani flag at the North Pole.

"I am the first Omani, the first GCC national and the first Arab to walk to the North Magnetic Pole.

"I want Oman to be proud of my achievement, so today, my name is not Nabil, it is Shabab (the youth of) Oman."

Nabil Al Busaidi was ranked 97on the Arabian Business Power 100 list.

Before his expedition, he was quoted as saying: "When an individual is so committed to his goal that he is willing to stake his very existence on it, then nothing can stop him from achieving it."

Dragging 50kg of equipment on sledge including food, water and tent, Al Busaidi walked the 650km over frozen sea in temperatures regularly nudging  minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Preparations for the expedition had been ongoing for eight months and Nabil had been training hard.

"Fitness endurance and aerobic training is a daily routine now," he said. "Every day starts with running up stairs, or swimming, or on the cross-country ski machine."

Nabs will return to Bahrain on May 6.

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