Anisa, the first Omani to reach the Geographic North Pole!
On the evening of the 21st April, Anisa Al Raissi stood on top of the World!!
Anisa along with her teammates from the Euro Arabian Expedition skied the last degree which is 110 kms in just 7 days!
Enduring unusually mild temperatures from -9C to the more typical temperatures of -40C Anisa and her team shared so many different experiences, Highs and lows.
The Saudi teammate who sadly had to be evacuated for frostbite shortly after they started was reunited with them when she and the global sponsor Eugene Kaspersky flew to the Pole to celebrate their arrival.
Anisa pictured above 3rd from left in the front row with her team-mates.
Each team member hauled 60-80 kg sledges with everything they needed to survive the Arctic conditions. As well as the perils of the low temperatures they faced large movements of the pack ice that split apart to reveal open water, fields of ice rubble which were very tough to navigate and large pressure ridges. Fortunately, they did not encounter any polar bears!
Although Anisa’s primary sponsor was Omantel, Bondoni also played a small financial and advisory part and was rewarded with Anisa raising our flag at the top of the world.
There is little doubt that we will be hearing lots more of Anisa. Apart from her tenacity, focus and determination to succeed she is a wonderful personality and Ambassador who I know will share her experiences in the press and at many other events.
A new Omani treasure – many congratulations Anisa.