EZW’s Ali Dawood savours success at Uhuru Peak for the third time

Published September 30th, 2009 - 01:44 GMT
A 45-year-old Emirati senior corporate manager at , Economic Zones World, is relentlessly pursuing his goal of scaling Africa’s highest peak in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Ali Dawood, Senior Vice President, Africa Region, Economic Zones World, made his third successful ascent of Uhuru Peak during the recent Eid holidays, taking just two and a half days to reach the top.
In 1999, he achieved it in four days (and became the first UAE national to climb the peak), while in 2003 he clocked three days. Dawood, who had recently recovered from an Achilles tendon injury, described the successful climb as “a testament to my return to fitness and proof that anyone can do it to restore body and spirit”. He began his ascent at Mangaru Gate and crossed rain forests and tough terrain before reaching Uhuru Peak at dawn on September 23. An avid outdoor adventurer, Dawood trained for the ordeal by climbing 35 floors of stairs 10 times a day, alternated with regular walking to gain endurance. His ultimate wish is to set a record by climbing Uhuru Peak within 24 hours, and says he is not going to rest until he achieves it.
He hopes to involve his entire Africa Region team in this activity.

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