Nabil “Nabs” Al Busaidi was born in 1970 in London. He went to Bath University where he graduated in 1993 with a BSc in Mathematics. He also did a Masters in Management there in 1997. At Bath he represented the university in football, rugby, and American football, where he received university colours for football in 1992, and American football in 1997.In 1998 he moved to the Middle East and played rugby on a regular basis for several years and was part of the Bahrain RFC team from 1997-2005, playing in the Arabian Gulf league, Gulf Cup, Dubai 7s and the Amsterdam 7s. He was considered for the Arabian Gulf rugby 7s squad in 2002, but broke his arm so badly that amputation was considered. Between 2001-4 he competed 3 times in the British winter Biathlon championships, earning the nickname “der Sultan auf Schnee” (the Sultan of Snow) from the German press.
In April 2009 he became the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole, pulling a sledge weighing up to 50 kg, for 650 km, in temperatures regularly as low as minus 40 Celsius.
In August 2009 he assisted his friend, Commander Richard Ryan USN, as he pushed his wheelchair 1,450 km from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The goal was to beat the world record which stood at 17 days. Rick raised almost $25,000 for charity and smashed the world record
, doing it in 8 and a half days.
In December 2009, he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa with his brother, before travelling to the Antarctic to become the second Arab and first Omani to climb Mt Vinson, the highest mountain on the Antarctic continent, and one of the 7 summits
In April 2010, he broke both ankles whilst trying to become the first Omani to climb Mt Everest. After spending several months confined to bed, wheelchair or crutches, Nabs started a rehabilitation program that included lots of rowing and swimming. He was then offered the opportunity to row across the Atlantic in a team hoping to beat the world record.
In March 2011, he became the first Arab to row any ocean when Britannia III crossed 4,600 km across the Atlantic in 43 days. Although they did not break the speed record, the team did manage to break or equal 5 records. First Arab, oldest female, youngest male, largest crew and most crossings.