Abdul Alsaeed Explorer
Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaFebruary 22, 1988
|Known for||First Saudi to Ski Across The North Pole Reaching 90 Degree North (Top of the World)|
|Notable work||North Pole 200 km on Foot|
|Successor||Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus|
Abdullah Alsaeed[edit | edit source]
Abdullah Alsaeed (born 22 February 1988) is a Saudi adventurer, explorer, and mountaineer. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On the 20 April 2018, he became the first Saudi to ski across the North pole reaching 90 Degree North (Top of the World). He is also one of a handful of Saudis who has climbed Mount Elbrus - which is considered the highest mountain in Europe. Alsaeed has also climbed the 4th highest mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro, achieving this feat on December 2017. In addition, he has also travelled 200km on foot from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah. Aside from managing a Mountaineering career and Expeditions, Abdullah has embarked on a worldwide journey to explore famous places around the world. To date he has traveled to explore 34 countries around the world.
Life and Career[edit | edit source]
Abdullah Alsaeed completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Valparaiso University in the United States of America. He is an entrepreneur who owns several businesses including Match My Doll. After a number of years, Abdullah chose to follow his passion for exploration and started pursuing it as a career. He has currently shifted his focus on his new company, Travel Time KSA, serving as a Chief Executive Officer.
Expeditions[edit | edit source]
The North Pole (April, 2018) Alsaeed skied for nine days across the North Pole to reach 90 Degree North. During his journey, he suffered from frostbites and navigated dangerous polar bear territories while pulling a 45 kilos sled. However, through sheer perseverance and determination he endured all the mental and physical challenges during the trip and successfully traveled to the top of the world. By completing this trip, he became the first Saudi to ski across the North pole reaching 90 Degree North (Top of the World). This trip played a pivotal role in his exploration career as this feat is achieved only by a small number of people from across the world. 
Abdullah has also discussed the challenges that he had to endure during his journey. “It wasn’t easy to travel to the coldest and dangerous areas, where most hostilities of the world can be found.
Adapting to weather conditions was particularly difficult as I was living in Saudi Arabia, which happens to be one of the hottest places in the world. Also, it is not easy when you are traveling to one of the most hostile environments on the planet and continuously thinking about polar bear attacks.”, he further added.
When asked about the overall experienced, he said: “I am so proud and honored to raise the Saudi Flag and the picture of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud at the top of the world”.
The North Pole
200 Km Walk on foot from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah Abdullah pursued a solo journey, traveling a distance of 200 Km by foot. He began his journey from Riyadh alone with his 30kg backpack, reaching Al-Majma’ah after five days - walking roughly around 40 Km per day. Instead of dining out and choosing to stay in hotels, he cooked his own food and lived in a tent. On his journey, he stopped for a few hours to do an inspirational speech in front of middle and high school kids. “This moment was one of the happiest moment in my life as I was able to share and transfer my knowledge to the youth and future leaders of my country!”.
After the completion of this trip, Abdullah Alsaeed expressed his gratitude towards the people he met during his 5-day journey stating: “Along with my walk, I have met a lot of people who only had been extremely generous, and their hospitality is something that genuinely won my heart. They did not only welcome me to have water, lunch, and dinner but also offered me their houses to stay with them”. He expressed.
Mountaineering Career[edit | edit source]
Mount Kilimanjaro (December 2017) – 5,895 feet Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the 4th highest mountain in the world with 5,895m (19,341 ft) above sea level. It was the first mountain Alsaeed climbed. Despite the altitude sickness, he pushed himself for 8 days and reached its highest peak on 31 December 2017.
When asked about this adventure, Abdullah commented: “I was not physically prepared for this trip and because of that, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, but achieving my goal and reaching to the summit changed me as a person and I just wanted more and more”.
Mount Elbrus (June 2018) – 5,642 feet Mount Elbrus is considered the highest mountain in Europe and it is the tenth most prominent peak in the world. Elbrus has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes. The taller west summit is 5,642m (18,510 ft); the east summit is 5,621m (18,442 ft). On June 2018, Abdullah climbed the Roof of Europe Mount Elbrus, adding another badge of achievement to his impressive record. The important thing to note about this trip is that he climbed from the North side of the mountain, which is much harder than the South side. “it was not easy to climb this mountain with a favor of 39 degrees”, he remarked.
Popularity[edit | edit source]
Abdullahs trips, especially the fact that he becomes the first Saudi national to ski across the North pole reaching 90 Degree North, have been well received by the media. He was invited to Al Arabiya and MBC for a live interview discussing his journey. He mainly stays in touch with his followers via Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter account.
External Links[edit | edit source]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountaineering https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riyadh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kilimanjaro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_mountains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Elbrus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_elevation_extremes_by_region https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topographic_prominence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_(topography) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_dome https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Pole https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Majma%27ah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morocco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merzouga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Arabiya
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