Dubai - Over 5,000 residents wave world's longest flag in Dubai

Dubai - Over 5,000 residents wave world's longest flag in Dubai
Dubai - Over 5,000 residents wave world's longest flag in Dubai

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - The 2,020-metre flag held and marched by the participants also became the longest banner flag to be lifted.

More than 5,000 people took part in two Guinness world record-breaking attempts at the Dubai Police Academy, organised by the Dubai Police and specialised clinic chain HealthHub Al Futtaim on Thursday.

The 'most people carrying a banner' and the 'most nationalities carrying a banner' has now been bagged by the UAE after bringing together schools, corporates and individuals. To break the first world record, the requirement was 3,795 people, and for the second world record, the event managed to bring together people of over 70 nationalities to lift the banner. The 2,020-metre flag held and marched by the participants also became the longest banner flag to be lifted. The record was held by Kuwait that saw 3,795 people march with a 2,019-metre Kuwaiti flag on the road.

Speaking to Al Khaleej Today, Brigadier Yousuf Aladeedi, director of Al Qusais Police Station and chief of the event at the academy, said: "We are grateful to the people for making this record attempt a success. It was an emotional and beautiful moment to see people of over 70 nationalities lift the UAE's flag above their heads and march to show love and support for the country they live in. The turnout surprised us: We expected 5,000 people but more than 10,000 people turned up and we tried to include as many as possible. The record for the most number of nationalities lifting the banner required us to have 31 nationalities but we managed over 70 nationalities, over double of what was needed."

Participants included around 2,000 students from over 22 schools, Al Futtaim employees and their families, members from prominent associations, personnel from various organisations, the Dubai Police staff and academy students and social media groups.

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, managing director of Al Futtaim Health, said: "We are proud and happy to be part of this memorable and historic event. Seeing people from different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures come together to raise the UAE national flag was a true representation of diversity and tolerance, which are the core values of the UAE. We share these values as a healthcare group and serve everyone who comes to us regardless of their background, nationality or culture."

HealthHub Al Futtaim had commissioned for the production of the largest UAE national flag in the world. The mammoth UAE national flag was put together in 208 hours and it took 25 days to stitch up as a single banner. The flag weighed approximately 1,200kg, was 2,020 metres long (to align it with the Expo 2020) and three metres wide.

Indian expats Sheetal M and Beena S, had come along with a group of 70 women to participate in the world record. "We have been in the UAE for 15 years but never really got a chance to show our gratitude and took this event as an opportunity. It was absolutely amazing to meet up with our whole group and also meet so many nationalities. This was a once-in-lifetime event and we are glad we made it to the record books," Sheetal said.

Dubai Police, HealthHub Al Futtaim, and Le Astrid International events and advertising company worked hard as a team to plan and conduct the event smoothly.

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