Originally broadcast on Emirates News, 29 March 2013
The 2041 International Antarctic Expeditions are part of an international movement to highlight the effects of global warming and ensure the continued protection of Antarctica from mining and exploitation beyond 2041, when the current international agreement ends.
The UAE contingent are all employees of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, who have sponsored their challenging mission and will no doubt also reap the rewards of their experience.
Majed Al Hamli, one of the UAE explorers says the biggest benefit was team-building.
“We had to go through a hike up mountains and go through glaciers and crevasses and for us that was the most added value of the expedition itself.”
On their journey they experienced the wildlife of the frozen continent, they learnt about the importance of a sustainable lifestyle in preserving natural resources and the role of renewable energy in balancing the ecosystem.
As well as developing environmental knowledge and awareness of sustainable practices, the expedition is designed to develop personal and leadership skills.
Having now returned from the frozen continent the four explorers will now have to work out how to apply their new survival skills back home in the corporate jungle.