The Arab Who Took on the Arctic

October 28, 2017




This is a coffee table book, that has photos of the expeditions Nabs undertook in 2009 along with his daily write up of events. The expeditions covered are the trek to become the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole, US Navy Commander Rick Ryan’s world record traverse of Lands End to John O’Groats in a wheelchair, climbing the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, and becoming the second Arab to climb the highest mountain in Antarctica, Mt Vinson.
Every even page is illustrated with a large colour landscape photograph, and every odd page is split evenly between text and photographs.
NB If you want the book signed, or with a personal message, please specify in the “note to seller” link within PayPal.
Product Details

• Hardback: 160 pages
• Publisher: Nabil Al Busaidi (April 28, 2011)
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-9948-477-04-4
• Product Dimensions: 305 x 240 x 20 mm
• Shipping Weight: 1,290 grams




By Michael G W Armstrong

It is with great pride and honour that I write this introduction for a book that captures triumphs over adversities, successes over failures and determination over weaknesses. Not long ago, Nabil Al Busaidi, (“Nabs” as we know him) took off on an amazing adventure to realise his spirit by conquering the unconquerable. He made history in the process and this book represents a lasting record of his impressive journey.

We, at KPMG, are proud to have Nabs as part of our alumni family because his story lives as a testament to “The KPMG Way” – our values in action, a common bond we all share. I highlight three such winning values that form part of every KPMG employees’ (past and present) moral fabric:
we lead by example: Representing Omanis across the world, Nabs embarked on his Arctic expedition and became the first Omani, first GCC national and first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole in April 2009. Not content to leave it at that, in January 2010, Nabs triumphed on an Antarctic expedition becoming the first Omani to reach the summit of Mount Vinson.

we work together: In August 2009, Nabs, by cycling alongside, helped his friend, Commander Rick Ryan USN, race his wheelchair to become the fastest ever to race from Lands End to John O’Groats. This distance of more than 1,400 km, covering the whole length of the island of Great Britain, was achieved in under 9 days. They beat the previous record for doing this route in a wheelchair by 8 days.

we are committed to our communities: Nabs has been a strong supporter of the community and still continues to make an impact. He has supported and/or raised meaningful amounts for various charities and institutions in a variety of countries. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Nabs is planning to donate 10% of any profits from this book to the Association for Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs in Oman.

I hope you, like me, find this book to be a fascinating snapshot of Nabs’ lasting legacy and successful journey to the North Pole. May this book serve as a source of inspiration, personal strength and excellence to chart your future paths to lasting success. I congratulate Nabs on his achievements. His drive and resilience is certainly an inspiration for us all. I already look forward to his future adventures and I am sure they will be equally outstanding.

Michael G W Armstrong Managing Partner KPMG Oman
Muscat October 2010




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