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Saudi Woman Breaks World Record in Dubai

This Saudi Dentist Just Set a New World Record in Dubai

Dubai is home to many world records--including the tallest building in the world--but one that has nothing to do with the skyline was set over the weekend, and the woman behind it is pretty inspiring.

Dr. Mariam Saleh Binladen is a Saudi dentist and humanitarian, but it turns out that she's a pretty good swimmer, too. On Friday, March 10th, Dr. Mariam swam 24k across the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal, being the first person to complete the distance.

She's no stranger to long-distance swims (or world records): in 2015, she swam in the Hallespont open water swim in Turkey, becoming the first Saudi female to complete the race, which spans two continents. A year later, swam the entire length of the Thames in London, becoming the first woman to do so.

Dr. Mariam's Dubai swim began at 5:00 AM on Friday morning, and she completed the course in nine hours and ten minutes. Upon reaching the finish line, she expressed her gratitude: "I want to extend my warmest appreciation and gratitude to HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) for his gracious patronage of the event, and to the team members who worked really hard over the past month to make this great event a memorable success. I would also like to thank all the people who turned up just to cheer and encourage me throughout the day."

There's no word on where Dr. Mariam will swim next, but until then, you can learn more about her cause and donate right here.

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