Dubai, United Arab Emirates– 11 March 2017 – Under the patronageof HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubaiand President of the Dubai Sports Council, Dr. Mariam Saleh Binladen - a SaudiDentist and Humanitarian - has set a new record, adding to her tally of worldrecords, as she crossed the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal swimming atotal distance of 24km, on Friday 10th March 2017.
The special event was held incollaboration with Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Maritime City Authority, DubaiRoads and Transport Authority, Dubai Police and Marine Rescue. This event,which is part of Dr. Mariam’s continued pledge to support Syrian orphanrefugees, was attended by a delegation from the Dubai Sports Council and othersupporting partners, in addition to marine safety, rescue and coordinationteams.
Dr. Mariam’s challenging venturebegan at 05:00hrs on Friday 10th March, starting from the canal’sDubai Creek entrance in the Al Shindagha area of Dubai’s historic district. Sheachieved the feat at 14:10hrs, finishing at Al Ghubaiba Station next to theFour Season’s Hotel. Swimming for 9 hours and 10 minutes, Dr. Mariam battledthrough strong currents at the entrance and mouth of the canal and navigatedthrough a number of challenges along the way, passing through some of Dubaimost striking touristic sites.
After reaching the finish line,Dr. Mariam expressed her gratitude towards the huge support that she receivedand said: “I want to extend my warmest appreciation and gratitude to HH SheikhHamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Presidentof the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) for his gracious patronage of the event, andto the team members who worked really hard over the past month to make thisgreat event a memorable success. I would also like to thank all the people whoturned up just to cheer and encourage me throughout the day.”
“I am thrilled and delighted tobecome the first person to complete a 24km swim along the wonderful yetchallenging Dubai Water Canal,” added Dr. Mariam, after completing the swim of24km across the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal. It was a verychallenging experience indeed, given that my preparation time was extremelyshort – barely one month of preparations to make this event happen. So I amreally happy to have completed the swim successfully, which would not havehappened without the amazing support of my family, my crew, my trainer Fiona,the team from DSC, and all the other parties involved in this event.”
Dr. Mariam concluded: “This eventis part of my continued pledge to raise awareness of the plight of thousands ofSyrian orphan refugees, who have lost their parents and guardians been uprootedfrom their homes and scattered across different parts of the world. I alsowanted to motivate more and more women from the Arab World to take on sportsand use their talents to achieve the unachievable, knowing that nothing isimpossible.”
The Dubai Water Canal wasofficially inaugurated in November 2016 and it connects Dubai Creek at Business Bay area, passingthrough Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah Road, before joiningthe Arabian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach Park, a total length of 12km.
Dr. Mariam started herhumanitarian journey in support of Syrian orphan refugees in 2015. She competed in the Hellespontopen water endurance swim in Turkey and became the first Saudi female tocomplete the race from Europe to Asia. In 2016, Dr. Mariam also took part intwo major swims in the United Kingdom, breaking further records along the way. She became the first woman to swim the entire length of theRiver Thames in London (101 miles) in June, and the first Saudi woman tocomplete an assisted swim across the English Channel (21 miles) in August ofthe same year.
In December 2016, incollaboration with IMC Hospital and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization(JHCO), Dr. Mariam opened a first-of-its-kind dental center at the Al Azraq Refugee Campin Jordan, home to over 55,000 refugees. The ‘Dr.Mariam Dental Center’, which is funded by proceeds raised from Dr. Mariam’sswims, provides crucial cost-free oral care to thousands of refugees.
Dr. Mariam will tackle moreinitiatives in 2017, working closely with the UNHCR and other humanitarianbodies in support of Syrian orphan refugees across the world.
In support of her cause, Dr.Mariam is inviting people to donate through her website: www.mariambinladen.com.