- Fastest police car in service
- Longest handmade gold chain
- Tallest chocolate sculpture
- Largest building in the shape of a picture frame
- Most expensive headwear sold at auction
- Largest vertical maze
- Longest painting
- Largest jigsaw puzzle
- Largest cup of hot tea
- Largest Fountain
- Most LED lights on a car
- Most videos in a music medley video
- Largest Arabic wooden dhow
Let’s face it, Dubai always loves to do things bigger and better. Today, we take a look at the Dubai world records you probably don’t know about! Tallest building in the world? Everyone knows that. Largest vertical maze? Bet you haven’t heard that before! Read on to discover some of the Guinness World Records in Dubai that you’re in the dark about.
Dubai world records that will blow your mind
Check out some of the coolest worlds records that Dubai has achieved over the years!
The Fastest Police Car in Service
It’s the most quintessential Dubai world record ever. The Dubai Police were presented a Guinness World Record in April 2016 for having the world’s fastest police car in service – a Bugatti Veyron – in their fleet of supercars. With an unbelievable top-speed of 407 km/h and a 1000-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, this supercar can go from 0 to 97 km/h in a mere 2.5 seconds. Yes, you read that right. And the Bugatti Veyron isn’t the only luxury vehicle in the Dubai Police fleet – others include Lamborghini Aventador, Bentley Continental GT and Ferrari FF.
The Longest Handmade Gold Chain
What else can you expect in the City of Gold? Known as the ‘Dubai Celebration Chain’, this record-breaking masterpiece is 5 km long, weighs 240 kg and took over 45 days and 100 craftsmen to produce! We’re in shock, too. This 22-carat handmade gold chain was unveiled at the Deira Gold Souk bus station in 2015 in honour of the Dubai Shopping Festival’s (DSF) 20th anniversary! And guess what? Shoppers also got to pre-book sections of the chain – between 8 and 26 grams. Dubai residents, were you here for this?
The Tallest Chocolate Sculpture
This may be the most delicious Dubai Guinness World Record! You may know about the tallest building, but did you know that the tallest chocolate sculpture ever was a replica of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai? Created by Andrew Farrugia – a Maltese food artist – in 2014, this record-holding creation was 13.52 metres in height and took 4,200 kilograms of Belgian chocolate to create! It took 10,000 pieces of chocolate, hand cut by Farrugia and others, to recreate the features of Burj Khalifa. It was unveiled in November 2014 at Dubai International Airport as part of the 43rd UAE National Day celebrations.
Largest building in the shape of a picture frame
One of the latest iconic Dubai attractions, the Dubai Frame at Zabeel Park holds the Guinness World Record for the largest picture frame ever. At a soaring height of 150 metres, the Dubai Frame boasts sweeping, panoramic views of both Old and New Dubai, a 25 sqm glass panel bridge that gives visitors the experience of walking on air and an immersive gallery that showcases the past and make predictions about Dubai’s future! If you haven’t visited this 93-metre long picture frame yet, knowing it holds a spectacular world record should convince you otherwise.
Most Expensive Headwear Sold at an Auction
Hold onto your seats because this price tag is going to blow your mind. Dubai holds yet another crazy Guinness World Record for the most expensive headwear, auctioned by Emirates Auction and sold for mind-boggling AED 24,050,000! The priceless item in question? A helmet that was originally used by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai! The attempt occurred at an event organised by the Al Jalila Foundation in 2015.
Largest Vertical Maze (Permanent)
This is one of the coolest Dubai world records we bet you didn’t know about. The Al Rostamani Group Maze Tower proudly holds the world record for the largest permanent vertical maze ever, receiving the world record in 2012. This 55-storey building in the Dubai Financial District boasts a vertical maze that spans a surface area of 3,947 sqm! The Al Rostamani Group achieved this through intricate lines of balconies arranged in the shape of a maze. We don’t know about you, but can we work here, please?
The Longest Painting
Here’s an artsy addition to the Dubai world records list you didn’t know about! In 2015, more than 20,000 children, teachers, parents and activists came together to create a painting measuring 10.85 km! The world’s longest painting was created to raise awareness about autism and beat the previous record held by China for 10 km. The attempt was part of an eight-month-long campaign titled ‘I’m Different Just Like You’ – and was held at Dubai Autodrome. Each child participating had to draw a self-portrait holding hands with another child. Now that’s what we call a Dubai world record for a good cause!
Largest Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles can be hard, but with 12,000 pieces? Nearly impossible, except for Dubai. One of the more recent Dubai Guinness World Records, the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle by surface area spans more than 6,000 sqm and is situated in the Uptown District in DMCC. But this world record has a meaningful note to it. The world record was attempted in 2018 to celebrate the Year of Zayed – and the jigsaw puzzle features the UAE’s founding father’s image on it!
Largest Cup of Hot Tea
We all love our cuppa tea, but could you drink 5,000 litres of tea? Standing at 3.66 m in height, the world’s largest cup of tea was displayed at Global Village Dubai in 2018. This Dubai World Record saw a ginormous cup measuring 1.42 m in diameter filled with 5,000 litres of tea. The massive cup came equipped with a heating system to maintain a blistering temperature of 85° Celcius!
World’s Largest Fountain
In 2020, Dubai trumped its own world record for the world’s largest fountain! Previously held by the Dubai Fountain at Dubai Mall, the world record for the largest fountain now goes to Palm Fountain at The Pointe. Measuring 7,327 sq.m, the Palm Fountain is a dazzling and mesmerising display of water, light and music!
Most LED Lights on a Car
Another new Dubai world record that you probably didn’t know about, is for the most LED lights on a car. Achieved in November 2020, this world record saw an unbelievable number of 37,671 LED lights on a car, which was used for a stunt show at Global Village! It’s part of Global Village’s attempt to achieve 25 world records for its Silver Jubilee season in 2020.
Most videos in a music medley video
Did you know that most number of videos in a music medley video is 1,971? This quirky Dubai Guinness World Record was also achieved by Global Village in November 2020, to celebrate its 25th season. Comprising 1,971 singers and musicians from around the global, the music medley performed four rock anthems for Global Village’s opening concert.
Largest Arabic wooden Dhow
Finally, one of the new world records in Dubai is for the largest dhow, which is a traditional sailing vessel. This 2020 Dubai world record was achieved by Majid Obaid Bin Majid Al Falasi & Sons, who built the world’s largest Arabic wooden dhow.
Named Obaid, the dhow measures an awesome 91.47 metres long and 20.41 metres wide. This makes the dhow equal to the length of a standard American football field!
And that finishes up our list of Dubai world records that you didn’t know about. We think the city is just getting started and we can’t wait to see what other Dubai world records will be attempted!
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