ABU DHABI // The Armed Forces team who climbed Mount Everest are heroes and role models for Emirati youth, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed has said.
Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, expressed his pride in the team while receiving them at the Sea Palace on Monday.
He praised the team’s feat of climbing the world’s tallest peak and their spirit of cooperation, teamwork and determination, reported Wam, the state news agency.
“I feel proud about the Emirati sons and daughters, who are also children of Zayed,” he said, referring to the nation’s Founding Father.
“We were aware the task was difficult. Many of us in the UAE watched the team members while they were climbing Everest.
“The risk was high and we were stricken with fear, but awed with your resolve to continue the mission.”
The team members thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his support, which they described as motivation for them. A group of students from Abu Dhabi schools were also present at the palace to meet the team and give them flowers.
The Armed Forces team returned to the UAE on Thursday after scaling Everest and planting the country’s flag at the summit. Their expedition followed five years of training that took them to locations around the world, including Alaska, Switzerland and Morocco.
Source: uae news