The Emirati student Ali Saleh Alshunnar, aged 15, has become the youngest Emirati to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, 5,895 metres above sea level, the highest free standing mountain in the world.
With this achievement Ali succeeded to be the youngest Emirati to climb the world’s tallest mountains. In 2012 – and at only five months older than Ali’s current age – his brother Moawiya AlShunna reached the top of Kilimanjaro as part of a 7-day, 15-person expedition in which five people dropped out along the way.
Ali Saleh Alshunnar, a grade 10 student at Jumeira Baccalaureate School, in Dubai, he has always taken an interest in a variety of sports and high endurance activities such as tennis, football, basketball, horse riding, and Tang Soo Do (a Korean martial art), in which he is a black belt.
Commenting on his decision to climb the mammoth mountain, Alshunnar said that, in the UAE, they always challenge their selves and strive for the best, a quality that has been passed down to them by the biggest role models, the nation’s leadership.
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