After conquering the summit, the Abu Dhabi-based professional said she wanted to show women in the region that they can achieve anything they want
Danah al Ali, an Emirati professional and mother of two, made history by becoming the first GCC woman to scale Mount Everest and Lhotse within 24 hours. Another female national of the GCC has yet to try or achieve the so-called “peak-to-peak”.
An adventurer and fitness enthusiast, Danah al Ali defied the odds to become the first woman in the region to scale the 8,000-meter peak within 24 hours.
Abu Dhabi-based Danah also became the first Emirati mother of two to climb Mount Everest. Despite the risks and challenges, Dana was able to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for this career while meeting the demands of career, family and motherhood.
After completing the challenge, she said: “I am so happy to have completed this mission. It has been a long and difficult experience, but the achievement has made it all worth it! I want to show all women in GCC, and beyond, that you can achieve Anything you set your mind to. It takes perseverance and courage – but you can do it anyway!”
Danah is supported by sponsors, including Top of Her Game, a program that encourages women to be active, ambitious and resilient.
Christina Ioannidis, founder of the Top of Her Game and Danah’s coach and mentor, said: “I am delighted that Danah, despite many setbacks, has finally achieved her dream! Mount Everest is no easy feat – and not just because she is a Mother, and hitting another peak in 24 hours may seem like a lot of risk, but we worked hard to build her the perseverance and strength to overcome challenges, and she did. She is a role model for every woman, every mother, who longs to break the mold , to conquer whatever mountain they had to climb—literally or figuratively.
Danah’s mission is to inspire women and young explorers through her adventures. She seeks new challenges, including mountain climbing and extreme sports. After summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013, she had dreamed of becoming the first Emirati mother to summit Mount Everest and was proud to fly the UAE flag aloft on the world’s highest mountain.