Record-breaking Dubai

By Rachel McAdams

The emirate is no stranger to some phenomenal records. And with Red Bull Curates: Jigsaw setting one more for the UAE, we take a look at the long list it is being added to.

There’s no denying it; Dubai has added some tremendous records to its books over the years. And this week there’s one more.

Made up of 63 containers, and measuring 135 metres long and 12 metres high, Red Bull Curates: Jigsaw is now the world’s largest reconfigurable format street art. Created by Australian artist Guido van Helten, the installation took 18 days and 500 litres of Jotun Jotashiled paint to create at 117LIVE’s Autism Rocks Arena by the city’s Dubai Outlet Mall on Al Ain road.

Jigsaw joins a long list of impressive records the emirate has achieved. And while we’re all familiar with things like the Burj Khalifa being the tallest tower in the world, and the largest fireworks display during one New Year’s Eve, there are other quirkier records also in existence. Here are our favourites from recent times:

1) The world’s fastest police car

Forget a ‘Fast & Furious’ film set; Dubai is where you need to be for the world’s best and fastest supercars.

Even our police force have outstanding motors. In fact, Dubai Police recently broke the Guinness World Record of having the fastest police car in the world, a Bugatti Veyron, which boasts a top speed of 407 km/h.

It beats the previous fastest police car in the United States, a Lamborghini with a maximum speed of 360 km/h.

Did you know? The emirate’s police force also has a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, Aston Martin One-77, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari FF, Audi R8, Nissan GTR, Mercedes SL 63 and a Mclaren MP4-12C. Phew.

2) The most diverse breakfast

Thanks to Dubai’s cosmopolitan nature, this was always going to be a tempting record to set.

This April, Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Dubai hosted a breakfast event in line with the UAE’s Year of Giving initiative. And with the Sikh place of worship inviting a hugely diverse group of people to the event – over 600 people of 101 different nationalities, to be precise – a new Guinness World Records title was set for the most nationalities having a continental breakfast.

3) The longest selfie stick


Who would have thought this was an actual record in existence? But believe it or not, it’s a thing, and media company ITP Live recently broke the record for a picture taken with the world’s longest selfie stick.

Measuring 16 metres, the previous longest selfie stick measured 15.57.

4) The largest indoor illuminated advertising billboard

As if being the fastest man in the world wasn’t impressive enough, Usain Bolt found himself part of another record breaker in 2013.

Appearing in an advertising campaign for Nissan, the supersized image of Bolt on a billboard at Dubai International Airport set a new world record for the largest indoor illuminated advertising sign.

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Using 183,024 white LEDs and measuring 28 metres in length and 6.2 metres in height, it certainly looked impressive.

Commenting on the accolade, Bolt said: “It is a pleasure being part of another world record, and I continue breaking world records because that's what I do.”

5) The world’s largest sticky note mosaic

Because why not?

Back in 2014, the Dubai Land Department set a new Guinness World Record title for the largest sticky note mosaic. But it was all for a good cause.

The attempt was part of the ‘Together for a Better Future’ campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of autism, along with the supporting groups associated with it.

Over 10,000 participants took part in the event.


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