The first Saudi to climb Mount Everest, Farouk Saad Hamad Al Zoman, promises to captivate local audiences with his Arabic-language motivational address - the “Story of Everest” - in which he reveals the drama of scaling the world’s highest peak, tomorrow, 6:30pm at Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16.
In 2008, the 30-year-old set out with the goal to raise the Saudi flag at the top of the world, accompanied by four climbers from Canada, Oman and France.
Despite some 4,000 people having attempted the ascent, only 2,436 climbers had been successful. After intense training, Al Zoman took 70 days to achieve his dream of becoming the first Saudi to conquer Everest, a feat for which he was honoured by the Saudi royal family.
“It is a pleasure to be hosted at Katara and I am excited to speak to young people here. By sharing my experience, I hope to provide the motivation and inspiration to help young Qataris and expatriates achieve their personal goals. I am honoured to be provided with this opportunity to influence future Arab generations, and it gives me great pleasure to be here in Qatar,” said Al Zoman.
Al Zoman’s passion for self-improvement, motivation and talent acquisition has fuelled his achievements not only as a mountaineer, but also a certified Taekwondo instructor, professional swimmer and martial arts specialist. He is a certified motivational speaker, inspiring people to achieve their goals, and discover their talents.
Darwish Ahmad, Director of Marketing, Katara commented, “Katara is honoured to host such an inspirational role-model, one who not only reflects the achievements of Arabs across the world but one who infuses audiences with a sense that ambition and determination can take you to the top of the world. By providing a platform for talented people such as Al Zoman to reach out to local audiences, Katara is helping to foster a community spirit which inspires and challenges young people in Qatar. This lecture perfectly underscores our long-term vision to educate, entertain and demonstrate the importance of cultural exchange.”