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From the sand to snow, Emirati adventurer Abdulla Alahbabi has become the youngest Arab to ski to the North and South Pole, at 26 years old.

Training in Ski Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Preparations for challenging the brutally cold temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctica began with training at his home and Ski Dubai. The 26-year-old Emirati went through a gruelling fitness routine at his home in Abu Dhabi and at Ski Dubai to get used to the extreme cold, limited air supply and a limited diet to prepare him for the expedition.

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First expedition in the Arctic last year

Abdulla Alhabibi undertook his first challenge, embarking on an expedition to the North Pole last April. His 160 km-long journey involved temperatures dropping to -40°c and travelling at an elevation above 3,300 metres above sea level. After reaching the South Pole, he said, “The UAE flag is on top of the world! After skiing 160 km over the Arctic Ocean in -40 C in an active Polar Bear region our team has reached the North Pole, and doing so two days faster than scheduled.”

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Youngest Arab to ski North and South Pole after reaching Antarctica

Last month, Alahbabi became the youngest Arab to achieve the feat, aged 26 years old. The Emirati skied over 130 km at an altitude of over 3,330 metres above sea level, with temperatures as low as -50°c to raise the UAE flag at the bottom of the world. He said, “Antarctica clearly made me work for it, and it sure wasn’t any easier than the North Pole. I am happy that all the hard work and months of training paid off. More importantly, I am honoured to place the UAE at the top of Arab League (22 countries) for having the youngest Arab to ski to both poles unassisted.”

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