Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) achieved a Guinness World Record title for the World’s Longest Zipline’.
Today, you can zipline at over 1,680 meters above sea level in the emirate, travel 2.83km, equivalent to over 28 soccer fields, and spanning the chasm of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s largest mountain peak.
HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and RAK Ruler, was the first to try the new zipline today.
It’s the first time a ruler is seen slipping down a rope from an heights but not the only time Arab countries succeeded in breaking the Guinness world record.
Here’s a look at 11 such recent incidences.
Top 11 GWR in the Arab world
UAE – Heaviest vehicle pulled by hair: Emirati Mahmood Shamshun Al Arab broke the Guinness World Record of “heaviest vehicle pulled by hair” on December 2, 2017. It weighed 10,380 kilograms and was achieved on UAE National Day.
Lebanon- Longest party: Nurai, a nightclub in Lebanon, broke the Guinness World Record for “longest party” from August 28 until August 30, 2017. The party lasted for 56 hours. This record was previously held by Dublin, Ireland that saw people partying for 54 hours non-stop.
1. Saudi Arabia- Largest picture mosaic: With 4500 people gathering in Saudi Arabia on November 14, 2017, Abeer Medical Group achieved the Guinness World Record for the “largest picture mosaic formed by people.” The event happened for the world’s diabetes day.
2. UAE – Longest underwater live radio broadcast: The “longest underwater live radio broadcast (unsupported)” went on for 5 hours, 25 minutes, and 25 seconds by New Zealander Stu Tolan from 104.8 Channel 4 at Atlantis, in Dubai, on May 13, 2017.
3. Egypt- Largest slice of cheese: Egypt holds the record for the largest cheese slice in the world. The 135.5 kilogram slice was created by Halayeb Katilo Co. and was crowned by Guinness in 2012.
4. Lebanon- Largest bowel of Tabbouleh: Around 300 people prepared the largest bowl of tabbouleh which is a national dish in Lebanon. The serving weighed 3,557 kilograms. This was part of a festival in Beirut’s Saifi Market where local businesses were selling Lebanese products.
5. Saudi Arabia – Largest carpet of flowers/plants: At 16,134.0 m², Yanbu Flower Festival in Saudi Arabia broke the Guinness World Record for the “largest carpet of flowers/plants” on March 14, 2017. The large compilation was made of 1.8 million flowers of 14 different types.
6. Syria- World’s largest mural: A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world’s biggest mural made of recycled materials. The brightly coloured, 720-sq metre work was constructed from aluminum cans, broken mirrors, bicycle wheels and other scrap objects and displayed on a street outside a primary school in the centre of the Syrian capital.
7. Kuwait- Newspaper clipping mural: Kuwait broke Guinness World Records in 2017 with a mural made of 149,000 newspaper and magazine clippings, depicting the face of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
8. UAE- The tallest building Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower): It measures 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) tall. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the ‘First Interchange’ along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.
9. Oman- Largest Lego flag: On Oman National Day, November 18, 2017, Oman Avenues Mall broke the Guinness World Record for the “largest LEGO flag” which measured 2.33 m tall and 4.12 m wide.