Dubai-based Raha Moharrak has made history by becoming both the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

The 25-year-old, who is a university graduate originally from Jeddah, was part of a four-person expedition to the top of Everest that also included the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the summit.

"I really don't care about being the first. So long as it inspires someone else to be second," said Moharrak, whose group are trying to raise $1million (£660,000) for education projects in Nepal.

Hailing from Saudi Arabia - a conservative Muslim country where women's rights are very restricted - Moharrak had to convince her family to agree to her climb, calling it "as great a challenge as the mountain itself", though they fully support her now.

Moharrak was one of 64 climbers to successfully scale Mount Everest from Nepal's side of the mountain.

Tilak Padney of Nepal's Mountaineering Department says 35 foreigners accompanied by 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak on Saturday morning after climbing all night from the highest camp on South Col.


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