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"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.

"Nabs" becomes first Arab to reach the North Pole
FIRST MAN: Nabil Al Busaidi was ranked 97 on the Arabian Business Power 100 list. (Getty Images)

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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Alhamdhu Lillah! We must thank Allah for giving you all the strengths to perform your feats and achieve your goals! Nabil, keep up your good spirit, May Allah give more strengths to perform more feats!!! All Praise be to Allah

nm 11 years ago

Congratulations A great achievement from a great Arab. Congratulations brother Nabil on your achievement. May you be an inspiration to other Arab youths and you have made us all proud. Hope to get a chance to see you in person and shake your hand. MashaAllah.

Hazem Farra 11 years ago

I believe that it is humanly impossible to walk 650km in 27 hours, more impossible if you do so in the snow. So either the distance is shorter or the time is longer, again it does not take anything away from the feat. Also, didn't Maxim Chayaa from Lebanon achieve the same thing last week. Maybe they were together, which makes them the first two arabs to make it to the North Pole. Coongratulations to All of them.

Jean T 11 years ago

Nabil reaching the North Pole is a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to him and to his team for making it... however he was beaten to it by another legendary Arab who reached the North Pole on April 21st 2004! Lebanese Maxime Chaya did it again, reaching the North Pole for the second time this year after walking around 1200km (shore to Pole, unaided) on April 25th 2009 @ 15:22GMT. Hope one day these two Arab explorers meet on the ice!

Jenn 11 years ago

Wow, what a great achievement to reach the North Pole, I personally would not have the stamina or drive. I do have to question the ranking in the Arabian Business Power 100. He is unemployed, been through 3 jobs in the past 2 years and has no prospects. Does not say much for the other 99 Power Arabs if this is who they are rated against and had to beat!

Nabs 11 years ago

Firstly, the distance walked was 650km, but not in 27 hours! We took 23 days but walked 24 hours non stop on the last day to be the first team to get to the magnetic North Pole. Also we did not win the Polar Race. Secondly, Maxime walked to the Geographic North Pole, a much harder feat, so all my admiration to him. But we did different things. I was still the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole. Lastly, I have not had 3 jobs in the last 2 years and think this comment should be deleted for being false. I did quit my last job several months ago so that I could focus on this expedition, but that hardly means I have no prospects! After all I have a masters in management and several other professional qualifications. However, I am a bit surprised by the ranking too!