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Woman achiever of the year. Mariam Saleh Binladen

Mariam Saleh Binladen is a Saudi humanitarian. She is a dentist by profession and also a certified endurance swimmer. Starting in 2015, Mariam swam the Hellespont open water swim in Turkey and was the first GCC and Saudi female to complete the race from Europe to Asia of 6.5 km in 1 hour,n 27 minutes and 26 seconds.

The following year in June 2016, she broke a record and become the first woman ever to swim the entire length of the River Thames from Oxford to London of 162 km in 10 days. Two months later, she achieved another world record of becoming the first GCC and Saudi woman to complete an assisted swim across the English Channel of 39.7 km which she complied in a total of 11 hours and 41 minutes. On the 10th of March 2017, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown prince of Dubai and  President of the Dubai sports council, Mariam has set a new world record, adding to her tally of world records, as the first swimmer ever to cross the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal swimming in total 24 km.

In December 2016, Mariam has opened the first Dental center build at the IMC Hospital site in Al Azraq Refugee camp in Jordan. The center is a joint collaboration with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and IMC Hospital and provides dental and oral care all cost-free. Mariam has joined hands with the UNHCR and other non-profit organizations, to continue to raise awareness about what is considered to be the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time.