Disabled Polar Explorer and Internationally Acclaimed Inspirational Speaker Receives Standing Ovation and Award at 2005 Business Traveler Middle East Awards in Dubai

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Inspirational speaker and disABILITY Champion for Hilton Hotels UK & Ireland Michael McGrath received the '2005 Business Traveler of the Year Award' at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai last week, sponsored by FedEx, Motivate Publishing and Business Traveler

McGrath who became the first disabled person in the world to have reached both Poles when he walked the final 310 metres to the South Pole in Antarctica in January 2004, delivered the evening’s keynote address receiving an impromptu standing ovation. He also presented the awards on the evening.

Recognized by Business Traveler and the events sponsor FedEx, McGrath received the ‘2005 Business Traveler of the Year’ award announced by Julian Gregory, Managing Director of Business Traveler UK and presented by BBC correspondent Kate Adie.

McGrath held everyone spellbound with his extraordinary polar experiences and feats of endeavor at both ends of the earth. At the end of his highly charged presentation, he received a standing ovation that summed up the impact it made on the travel-hardened audience. His address culminated in a brief insight into the world of muscular dystrophy.

Since being diagnosed at age 17 years and despite having lost some 65% of his muscle bulk, McGrath has been determined not to let the debilitating muscle wasting disease get the better of him.

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