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Eyes burnt blind from the sun, altitude sickness filling your lungs with fluid - mountaineering is no walk in the park, as Zed Al Refai
discovered on his ascent of Everest.
 
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Kuwait's flat sunny deserts might not be the ideal home for the first Arab to climb up Everest, but despite a near death experience on his first attempt, Zed Al Refai scaled the peak on his second try. He describes his successful assault on the world's highest mountain.
 
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Dubai climber sets his sights on new heights.
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In 2001 Mr. Al Refai made his first assault on Everest. It failed, he contracted cerebral amaemia and was left in a coma for three days. This year he tried again and became the first Arab to reach the summit of the mountain.

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"I have experienced joy and sadness, failure and triumph, leisure & discomfort, health & illness, loneliness and comradery, but never the less this is the nature of long expeditions, especially Everest" says Zeddy.
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Zeddy's interview on www.alyaqza.com
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Keeping in mind that you are an Arab and the usual sports that is preffered by them is football & soccer. And you should have consequently opted for something similar but instead yu chose Mountain Climbing - What inspired such a choice and how u started it ?
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" A tennis player dreams of winning Wimbledon, a cricket player wants to knock a century in each match, a soccer plyer aspires to net the World Cup, a swimmer to catch an Olympic Gold, a boxer to lift the heavyweight Championship. And for a mountaineer - to scale the Mount Everest ." These were the opening lines of Kuwait national Zed Al Refai that set the tone for a journey of dixcovery into the mind of this adventurer.
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Regular Young and Trendy magazine will be familiar with the continued efforts by Zeddy and Martine Larroque, to complete the Seven Summits - the highest continental peaks in the world.
 
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Kuwaiti Zed Al Refai and French Martine Larroque share a passion - Conquering mountain peaks. Ahmad Khafafi met the duo to find out more about their exploits and future plans.
 
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While most of the people have vowed to give up smoking or cut down on the chocolate, Zed Al Fefai has made a New Year's resolution with a difference. The 33-year-old intends to create history by becoming the first Arab to scale Mount Everest.
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