Nabil Al Busaidi has carried the name of Oman to the farthest corners of the earth to plant the Omani flag and raise funds for charity. His objective is always to inspire the youth of the Middle East and to present a positive image of Arabs and Muslims to the rest of the World.
His achievements include:
January 2011: Nabil was part of a team of 14 people, who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands (North West Africa) to Barbados, in the West Indies, (off the coast of America). Nabil is the first Arab to row across any Ocean (a distance of about 4,900 km).
March 2010: Nabil went to climb Mount Everest, as part of the Omani “Falcon Oilfield Services Everest Expedition”. He had the Omani flag with him and had the intention of planting it at the peak of Mount Everest. Unfortunately after reaching 6,200 metres he stepped on thin ice and fell down injuring both ankles. He had to be evacuated and abandon the mission.
January 2010 Nabil went on the “Renaissance Services Antarctic Expedition” and became the first Omani to scale Mount Vinson. Mount Vinson is one of the world’s seven summits and the highest mountain in the Antarctic. It is located about 1,200 km from the South Pole and peaks 4,892 meters above sea level. Nabil, once again, had to go through adverse weather conditions with howling winds, bitter cold of the South Pole and high altitude. When he reached the peak of Mount Vinson, he planted the Omani flag. He was the second Arab to reach the top of Mount Vinson.
December 2009: Nabil, with his brother Muneer, climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.
August 2009: Nabil cycled alongside his wheelchair bound friend, navy pilot Rick Ryan, from Lands End south western tip of England to John O’Groats at the very north of Scotland. They smashed the world record of 17 days to 8 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes by a heroic effort of crossing Great Briton, a journey of 1,407 km.
March 2009: Nabil led the “Oman North Pole Expedition” team to reach the Magnetic North Pole. The Polar Race was from Resolute Bay (Nunavut, Canada), one of the most northernmost inhabited settlements, to the magnetic North Pole. Until then, only about 200 people in the world has trekked to this icy frontier. The race itself was 650 km over frozen sea, ice and Arctic islands on foot and skis, towing his 50kg belongings in a sledge behind him. He was the first Arab to walk for 4 weeks through the most brutal terrain and adverse weather conditions with howling winds of up to 70 km an hour and bitter cold where temperatures dropped to minus 81°C. He faced fatal risks, met polar bears, suffered arctic shock and frostbite. On the last leg of the race, Nabil and his team walked for 24 hours non-stop so that they would have the honour to plant the Omani flag before any other team got there.
Throughout all these expeditions Nabil wrote extensive and educational diary notes and sent pictures, which were printed in newspapers around the world. In this way he shared his experiences with the people of the Middle East. As a result of his amazing adventures, two publications in the Middle East voted Nabil in their “Top 100 Influential Arabs”, Arabian Business and Middle East magazine.
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