climbing-mtblanc2“Nabs” was born in 1970 in London. He went to Bath University where he graduated in 1993 with a BSc in Mathematics. He also did his Masters in Management in 1997 at Bath. At university he represented the university in football, rugby, and American football. He received university colours for football in 1992, and American football in 1997.

Nabs joined the British Army as a rifleman with the Light Infantry before being commissioned into the Royal Artillery as an officer. Whilst with the military he did the OTC commando course (90), Physical Training Instructors Course (92), Combat Infantryman’s course (94), Regimental Signallers cadre (94), Artillery Intelligence Course (95), and Sandhurst officer’s commissioning course (96)

In 1998 he moved to the Middle East and played rugby on a regular basis for several years and was part of the Bahrain RFC team from 1997-2002, playing in the Arabian Gulf league, Gulf Cup, Dubai 7s and got to the semi finals of the Amsterdam 7s in 1999.

Between 2001-4 he competed 3 times in the British winter Biathlon championships, earning the nickname “der Sultan auf Schnee” (the Sultan of Snow) from the German press.

Map of the North Pole

Map of the North Pole

In April 2009 he became the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole, pulling a sledge weighing up to 50 kg, for 650 km, in temperatures often as low as minus 40 Celsius.

In August 2009 he assisted his friend, Commander Richard Ryan USN, as he pushed his wheelchair 902 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The goal was to beat the world record which stood at 17 days. Rick raised almost $25,000 for charity and smashed the world record, doing it in 8 and a half days.

In December 2009, he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with his brother, before traveling to the Antarctic to become the first Omani to climb Mt Vinson, the highest mountain there, and one of the “7 summits”.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a Project Management Professional and a level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst.

14 Responses to About

  1. Sulaiman says:

    GO NABS!

  2. gianfranco says:

    Bravo! Greetings from Italy!!!

  3. Sultan Yaqub says:

    Bravo ! you make everyone in this country proud! youre the Man !

  4. nina says:

    “Der Sultan auf Schnee” means the sultan ON snow.
    The Sultan OF snow means “Der Sultan des Schnees”. The latter sounds better. Wish you all the best!

  5. Tim Shackleton says:

    Hi Nabil,
    Did you go to Eltham College ? If so, then I went to school with you. Let me know if you did.
    Best regards
    Tim Shackleton
    (a name also famous for going to some cold places !)

  6. SultanOfSnow says:

    hey Tim, of course we went to school together! I remember you very well. I am actually at Everest Base camp right now in my tent writing to you…

  7. Mike Osborne says:

    Hi Nabs
    You do crazy superbly. Watching and enjoying your adventures. Good luck.
    Best, Mike

  8. Don says:

    Hi nabs I am friends of Ivor and Gillian, love your daily reports. I treked to Everest Base Camp in Nov 2009. it was fantastic . All the vey best with your climb to the top of the world . Don

  9. Graeme & Val Ellis says:

    Gidday Nabs
    Val and I finally arrived home from Everest last night. Just catching up on your reports to see how everyone is going. We wish you guys all the best in the coming weeks and look forward to your updates.
    Kind Regards

  10. Scott says:

    Nabs, NEGATIVE!! Need to get back in touch with you. Its been too long. My sister and I wish you all the best. Get back with me via email. Good luck.
    Scott and Stephanie

  11. I enjoyed browsing your blog, I will be visiting “About | Sultan of Snow&” (https://sultanofsnow.wordpress.com/about/) again, Thank you Fadwa Nur Maroun (http://datumza.com/2013/02/datum-fights-plagiarism/ Website Owner). 😀

  12. levitra says:

    Thanks for this article!

  13. Janiece Walsh says:

    What an awesome blog! I really enjoyed reading about your adventures in the Artic and your visits to the schools in the gulf. Very inspiring stuff. Keep up the good work!

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