The Saudi swimmer and doctor Mariam Saleh bin Laden managed to cross the Red Sea between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the first Arab woman to do so.

Crossing the Red Sea was one of her dreams, she said, adding that her goal is to raise awareness of coral reef conservation. She swam across the Strait of Tiran.

“I am very grateful to be the first Saudi, the first Arab, and the first woman to swim from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. I never thought I would do this swim without a shark cage. But putting ourselves out of our comfort zones is what makes us stronger,” she wrote on an Instagram post.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to swim from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. Today I finally did it”, she said.

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