Over the last decade or so, Dubai has emerged as a destination for technology and innovations. The emirate is pulling in innovative people, organisations, firms and institutions. Through these sources, it has had a streak of ground breaking innovations that has provided an immense impetus to the already oil-rich nation of UAE. To its name, Dubai also has numerous Guinness World Records. The emirate is continuously bagging such records and is unlikely to stop any time soon.
The Guinness World Records has officially confirmed that the InterContinental Dubai Festival City is hosting the world’s largest permanent projection mapping, as part of the brand-new and multi-sensory IMAGINE show, ‘A Child’s Dream’.
The accolade was awarded to James Koratzopoulos, Regional General Manager, IHG Dubai & Area General Manager InterContinental Hotels Dubai Festival City; Steven Cleaver, Director of Shopping Centres Dubai, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate; and Hiroki Soejima, Managing Director, and Yasuo Yamasaki, Director of Panasonic Marketing Middle-East and Africa, by a representative from the Guinness World Records.
The projection on this hotel is five times bigger than the world’s largest IMAX screen. It is also the world’s largest permanent projection surface.
IMAGINE is Dubai Festival City’s record-breaking new attraction. It offers unique sensory experience. It harnesses the power of light, water, and fire. This is combined with giant aqua screens, 30 fountains and surround sound to connect with audiences. All of this combined, produces a show like never before. It features the latest entertainment technology in water, pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and dramatic effects.
The UAE boasts of several other world records. One such is the largest standing lantern. This lantern stands at 42 feet 11 inches and has a width of 16 feet 4.85 inches. It is made of wood and copper, and was displayed at an event managed by Sharjah Asset Management. It now is a permanent display at the Souq al Jubail in Sharjah. The lantern was created a part of the Souq’s Ramadan Festival.
A flower structure in the shape of an Airbus A380 aircraft was constructed by Dubai Miracle Garden. The structure measured 72.95 X 78.34 X 21.98m (239 X 257 X 72 feet). The display can be viewed from a special platform comprising two levels in the centre of the garden. It is estimated that the aircraft will weigh more than 100 tonnes (220,462lb) when all 5 million flowers in the arrangement are in full bloom.
An artwork produced by a stencil measuring 11.13 square metres (119.8 sq. feet) was unveiled at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai. Artists from ProWalls and the UAE Graffiti team, in partnership with online art store Iconix, took three days to complete the layered sections produced by airbrush, spray gun and laser-cut stencils. The finished image depicted superheroes such as Spider-man, Superman and Batman against the Dubai Skyline.
A total of 300 participants cycled on 100 stationary bikes. The participants produced 8,999-watt hours of energy in 60 minutes at Burj Park in Dubai. This was a part of the nation-wide UAE Innovation Week Celebrations. The record attempt featured results and updates that were dramatically reflected live on Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.