Omani environmentalist hoists national flag on North Pole
June 26, 2015 | 9:51 PM
by ONA

Muscat: The Sultanate's flag fluttered over the skies on the North Pole alongside flags of some European, Asian, American countries and Australia, after Omani environmental activist Yahya bin Ali Al Salmani reached Point 90, the highest point on the North Pole.

Al Salmani participated in a scientific expedition that sailed from Murmansk in Russia onboard the Yamal, the world’s most powerful icebreaker operated by nuclear energy.

"I was very happy to raise the Omani flag at the highest point on the North Pole. The Omani flag was the only Arab flag that fluttered in the sky alongside those from other countries,” said Al Salmani in a statement to the Oman News Agency (ONA).

"The aim behind this self-funded expedition, which cost $30,000, was to represent my country. The expedition has been a good opportunity to meet with senior environmental activists. I have always cherished the dream of reaching Point 90, the top of the earth where dolphins and whales live. This area is called the white desert,” he added.

He also pointed out that he had made earlier expeditions in Peru, Brazil and Amazon. He also visited Antarctica and Alp mountains 20 years ago.

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