Elham Al Qasim

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Elham Al Qasim (born July, 1982 in Dubai) is an Emirati woman, who embarked on a successful skiing expedition to the North Poleunsupported and unassisted” (two terms used in polar expeditions, denoting use of natural means and without any kind of assistance). On April 23, 2010, she became the first Arab woman and the first UAE national to reach the North Pole.[1][2]



Before embarking on the journey, Elham went through an intensive workout to build up her mental and physical strength and develop the required stamina. The training program was laid down by Lomax with the main objective being an overall improvement in her strength, agility, and speed.[4]


  1. ^ "UAE skier succeeds in becoming first Arab woman at North Pole". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.learningpartnership.org/blog/2010/07/elham-al-qasimi-north-pole/
  3. ^ "An Interview with Elham". Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Training for the Expedition". Retrieved 12 April 2010. 


In December 2011 Elham married successful entrepreneur Joshua Hannan (Australian)

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