Emirati Elham Qasimi became the first Arab woman and UAE national to ski to the North Pole in April 2010.
Qasimi did a training stint in Borneo before she set off on the unassisted and unsupported journey, which meant she carried all of the required supplies for the entire expedition with no motorised equipment to propel her forward. On a typical day she would ski for an average of eight hours a day, with a ten-minute break every two hours to snack, cook her own food and pitch her own tent. Prior to her exploration Qasimi, who was born in 1982, worked at JP Morgan before joining the Impetus Trust as an investment manager. In order to build her physical and mental endurance for the expedition, Qasimi embarked on a high-performance training programme designed to optimise strength and power whilst enhancing agility and speed.