Muscat Daily : 2020-10-18

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Omani Women’s Day MUSCAT DAILY 15 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 CHILL THRILL Laila al Habsi, the first Arab woman to dive in the chilling waters of Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake in the world, in Siberia, reveals her year-long kept secret Hubert Va D iving in the world’s coolest and oldest lake in the dead of winter is no mean feat for any human being. And if some of the most adventurou­s daredevils from cooler climes have done so in the past, it would, probably, be the last thing for an Omani lass to attempt. But, Laila al Habsi, Oman’s new kid on the daredevilr­y block, proved that wrong. Three days after her birthday in January 2019, Laila decided to just chill, quite literally, to continue her celebratio­ns and chart out a new path for her future. Diving into the world’s oldest lake - lake Baikal - amid freezing waters, was a way of challengin­g herself and digging into her hidden potential to unravel uncharted territory for Omani women. Though totally satisfied by the outcome, Laila chose to keep it under wraps. The reason – she wasn’t sure if this was a feat not attempted by any Omani female in the past and wanted to research that before disclosing it. On the occasion of Omani Women’s Day (October 17) this year, however, Laila decided to come out with her achievemen­t. There's a whole world out there that's yet to be discovered. The box we live in is created by the fear and limitation­s we impose on ourselves. It is just that - a box - and you have the power to step out of it, whenever you want to! Laila al Habsi Laila at Olkhon Island in the middle of Lake Baikal PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW