First Saudi woman to summit Mount Everest
Always a curious child, for as long as she could remember, Raha dreamt of a life of adventure, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it. From a young age her tenacity was obvious. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Raha was blessed with parents who never asked her to conform, taught her to think big and live life to the fullest. They raised her with the belief that life is what you make of it and that anything is possible with enough conviction.
Graduating with a bachelors in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah, Raha started her career at a leading advertising agency. Raha’s life changed the day she summited Mount Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, standing on the highest point in Africa, where she realised nothing was beyond her grasp.
Kilimanjaro opened the doors to eight more summits, growing her taste for altitude and increasingly pushing her limits. Just when she thought she found them, she set her eyes on Everest, and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born.
On May 18th 2013, a year after first glimpsing the legendary mountain, Raha made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to summit Mount Everest. Following this she scaled seven of the world's highest mountains, one on each continent. Raha proved that no matter where you are from, the seemingly impossible is possible - and most importantly, if children are raised to be unapologetically confident and curious, they can achieve anything.