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Suzanne Al Houby

Suzanne Al Houby

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: United Arab Emirates
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1966
  • Age: 50
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Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian mountain climber, was the first Arab woman to climb Mount Everest on May 21, 2011.

Previously, she was also the first Arab woman to climb many other mountains: Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson, Denali, Carstensz Pyramid and many others.

Originally, Suzanne's family comes from Jaffa, Palestine, she got her higher education in the United States and lived most of her life in the United Arab Emirates. She is the founder and CEO of the adventure travel company Rahhalah.

Suzanne is an avid traveler and explorer, a humanitarian, and an environmentalist with an affiliation and a keen support to few charity organizations. She is the founder and the CEO of rahhalah explorers which specializes in adventure travel.

In January 2014, Suzanne led the first two Arab amputees up to the summit of Kilimanjaro on a Climb of Hope project aimed at raising both awareness and funds to treating sick children in conflict areas in affiliation with Palestine Children Relief Fund PCRF Mutassem Abu Karsh and Yasmeen Najjar - both with prosthetic legs - became the first Arab amputees to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Some of her positions and accolades

CEO and founder of rahhalah explorers – adventure trips

Co founder and Vice Chair of Emirates Arthritis Foundation founded under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain

UAE Girls Guides ambassador - appointed by HH First Lady of Sharjah Shaikha Jawaher Al Qassimi

Ranked as number 16 in the 100 most powerful Arab women 2012

Ranked as number 198 in the 500 most powerful Arabs 2012

Winner of GR8 women awards 2013 – sports and achievements

Outward Bound Peacebuilding Ambassador.


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