Fahad Al Buenain and six other Qatari team members are embarking on a challenge to swim across the English Channel on a relay basis on the 21st of July 2018. The team members are Dr. Faleh Ali, Dr. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Dr. Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, Dr. Khalid Al Jalham, Prof. Nasser Al Mohannadi, Fahad Al Buenain and Talal Al Emadi.
Fahad Al Buenain, one of the 7 members of the Team Qatar Channel Swim, was born on 28th December, 1983. He is currently the head of Branding and Communications at Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar. He studies majored in the field of Marketing and Corporate Communication and holds Doctor of Business Administration degree (UK).
ProTV the Media Support Services provider of the Team Qatar Channel Swim, which will take place on the 21st July, 2018. Fahad Al Buenain provided the following answers to the questions about the challenge.
What motivates you to take this dangerous challenge?
“It is the first ever attempt by Qataris and it involves the sea, which I love. It also involves team effort and collaboration, which brings a lot of commitment and value. It also adds to one’s experiences in life. I always aim for unique challenges and this one is just like no other; especially when you know that the number of people who swam across the channel is less than those who have climbed Mountain Everest.”
How important is sport in your life?
“It has always been a vital part of my everyday life. I like adventures, and sport has taken me to all corners of the world. I have visited more than 60 countries, sailed 5,000 km in two oceans, cycled 2,000 kms in ten countries and climbed five mountains in four continents.
Charitable causes have also motivated me a lot to take on some serious challenges, among which is scaling some of the highest mountains in the World. My dear friend, Talal Al Emadi and I, climbed Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa to highlight food crisis in the continent, for the Qatar Charity’s “Challenge for Life”. Thereafter, to raise awareness about the suffering of children in Yemen, we conquered mountain Aconcagua in Argentina which is the highest peak in western and southern hemispheres. It makes me feel so proud.”
What are your other achievements in sport?
“I am a former national record holder in freediving, with 5:12 minutes of underwater static breath hold and 40.3 meters of constant weight diving with one breath.”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
” “Don’t worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try”, Jack Canfield.”