On May 21, 2011, Suzanne Al Houby, a Palestinian, was the first Arab woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. She accomplished this on 21 May 2011. Suzanne has a number of record breaking feats and has succeeded in reaching five of the seven great peaks of the world.
Despite outstanding climbing and adventurous achievements, Suzanne has also succeeded in the corporate arena over the last 20 years, covering an extensive spectrum in healthcare related- industries.
Suzanne started her career in Healthcare in 1991 and held senior positions in leading healthcare organizations & life sciences as well as leading many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Mountains or not, feeling fulfilled and appreciating all the rewards that these adventure travels made her feel, Suzanne decided to leave behind the executive corporate life and started the business of leading people to live their dream adventures.
Her favorite quote is “ it is easy to be inspired, but it is not so easy to act”
“I learned that each one of us needs to find that balance, the right formula that makes you feel at the end of each day that you have lived some really worthy moments: that you are happy and will have a treasure of memories that will put a smile on your face any time. What is more thrilling than seeing the colorful and diversified world we live in!”
She visited more than 100 destinations worldwide, from exploring the remoteness of Antarctica to the hustle and bustle of Morocco to the great civilization of China, Suzanne developed a sense of what to look for in an adventure and decided to put this in Rahhalah.
Suzanne Al Houby is a passionate mountaineer and is the first Arab Woman to climb and summit Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson ( the highest mountains in Western Europe, Europe, South America, &Antarctica respectively), in addition to Kilimanjaro , highest mountain in Africa, and Toubkal the highest mountain in North Africa to name some of her climbs. Her dream of climbing Mighty Mount Everest became a reality and on her first attempt she reached the summit on May 21st, 2011 , becoming the first Arab woman to do so.
Suzanne works closely with many charities. Local and international, and feels strongly about paying back. She is behind the 1% back on all Sales of Rahhalah. She is also behind the commitment to operate as strictly as possible in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.