Over the years, Qatar has racked up a lot of world records, and it sure ain't stopping. Many individuals (both Qataris and non-Qataris) also achieved world record titles while in Qatar.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has rounded up some of the most interesting ones for you to check out!
The Guinness Records certificate for the Largest Padel Championship in the World was achieved in Qatar, and the event was organized by Qatar Rail in partnership with Padel In Qatar. The tournament witnessed the participation of 800 players.
Artist Emad Salehi set a new world record for the largest art canvas, measuring 9,652 m² (103,893 ft² 37 in²) in Qatar, celebrating the World Cup. The piece is entitled "The Story of the Ball" and features historical moments from previous World Cups, athletes, hosting countries, and more. The artist also infused Arabic culture into the artwork by adding Arabian landmarks and calligraphy.
It took five months to complete, with the artist working 14-18 hours daily on the canvas and using 3,000 litres of paint and 150 brushes. The world record was awarded on 7 December 2022.
The Lusail Bus Depot achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest electric bus depot with a capacity of 478 buses on 16 October 2022.
The electric bus depot was built to support and enhance public transport demands, especially during the World Cup.
Seashore Recycling and Sustainability in Qatar achieved the largest plastic bottle word spelling "Qatar" with 14,183 empty plastic water bottles on 15 October 2022.
The Museum of Islamic Art and Qatar TV achieved the Guinness World Record for most languages used in a reading relay on 12 October 2022. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was read continuously in 55 languages.
The languages used were Arabic, French, Spanish, Irish, English, Dutch, Romanian, Portuguese, German, Tamil, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Serbian, Kannada, Croatian, Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Marathi, Amharic, Bengali, Kinyarwanda, Malay, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Tagalog, Greek, Hindi, Georgian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Ukrainian, Kurdish, Malayalam, Montenegrin, Russian, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Urdu, Slovak, Gujarati, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Sanskrit, Kazakh, and Yoruba.
A total of 66 nationalities participated in the Public Works Authority's (Ashghal) attempt to break the world record for the most nationalities planting trees simultaneously on 9 October 2021.
The nationalities that participated in the "Plant Million Trees" campaign included Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, PERU, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.
The participants planted one tree each for five continuous minutes, following specific steps.
The Umm Al Seneem Park has achieved the Guinness World Record for the longest air-conditioned outdoor path at 1,143 m (3750 feet).
The path is installed with outdoor air conditioners that maintain the temperature at 26-degree celsius to keep visitors cool.
Sport City Advertising has achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest external 360° screen on the iconic Torch Doha.
The Torch Doha is the tallest structure in Qatar. The screen measures 11,345 m² (112,116 ft² 81 in²) in total.
Qatar's indoor theme park Doha Quest is home to the tallest indoor roller coaster at 56.736 meters, called the EpiQ Coaster, and the tallest indoor drop tower ride at 56.409 meters (185 ft 0.8 in) called the Magma Blast.
The Guinness World Records Arabia announced that Qatar's Ahmed Al-Shahrani achieved Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of the country by wheelchair.
Ahmed's trip took 1 day, 17 hours, and 55 minutes, as per Guinness World Records Arabia. He aims from his attempt to encourage the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in sports.
One of the most recent achievements of the Qatar Skydive Team and the Joint Special Forces is the most parachuting sequences in canopy formation by a team in Evora, Portugal, on 11 January 2021. It was verified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
This record title of 5 parachuting sequences was attempted by a skydiving team of 25 people.
This is one of the Guinness World Record titles achieved by the Public Works Authority Ashghal in 2020. The Olympic Cycling Track extends to 33km with a width of seven meters and is designed to allow speeds up to 50km per hour.
Opened on National Sport Day 2020, the track can be used for international sports competitions, and it was constructed with 29 tunnels (bike underpass) and five bridges. The track is well-lit with 1,450 lighting poles, making it a good spot to bike at night.
Read more: Ashghal smashes two Guinness World Records Titles
As for the piece of asphalt that achieved the Guinness World Records title, it is about 25 kilometers long and 28 meters wide, paved without any joints, pouring more than 91 tons of asphalt continuously over 242 hours without stopping work (more than 10 days).
It covers more than 700,000 square meters of asphalt, according to Ashghal.
On 9 September 2019, the Ministry of Transport and Communications achieved the record for the deepest artificial port basin created on land at Um Al Houl, Qatar. The Hamad Port basin was started in 2011. It's 4 kilometers long, 700 meters wide and 17 meters deep.
Basin construction took about two and a half years of excavation, during which over 6,900 tons of explosives were used to challenge the drafts- with full commitment to preserving wildlife and marine life- to extract more than 44.5 million cubic meters of dredged material, which was later used in other construction works at the project, resulting in huge savings, according to MoTC.
Read more: Hamad Port in Guinness World Records as deepest artificial basin created on earth's surface
The chandelier "Reflective Flow" can be found inside Al Hitmi & Co building along the Corniche and was installed on 23 June 2010. It achieved the record for the largest chandelier by the number of lights.
It weighs 18,000 kg (39,683 lb) and has 165,000 LED units. It was designed by Beau McClellan and measures 5.8 m (19 ft) in height at the tallest point of the body, 12.5 m (41 ft) in linear width, and 38.5 m (126 ft 4 in) in linear length.
During the Sky Climbers graduation ceremony on 19 September 2017, Qatar achieved the record for the longest selfie stick at Qatar National Convention Center. It measures 18 m (59.05 ft), beating the previous record of 16 m.
At a charity auction hosted by QTel (now Ooredoo) in May 2006, the phone number 666-6666 was sold for QR 10 million to an anonymous Qatari bidder.
On its official website and in the approved certificate received by Kahramaa, the Guinness Book of Records indicated that the volume of the largest water tank of its kind in the world is more than 436,000 cubic meters (exceeding 96 million Imperial Gallons, 115 million US Gallons), which qualified Kahramaa to set a new world record that reflects the efficiency of its strategy to enhance water security in Qatar.
Family Consulting Centre (Wifaq) along with Qatar Social Work and AMAN achieved the largest bulletin board on 20 November 2019. The pinboard measures 105.72 m² (1,137.9 ft²) and weighs 1052 kg. It was launched at Katara Cultural Village to celebrate International Children's Day and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The bulletin board included 5,500 cards containing children's wishes.
For 1 day, 23 hours, and 56 minutes, Jad Hamdan from France walked from Al Ruwais to Salwa to achieve the record of the fastest crossing of Qatar on foot by a male. He walked from 6 to 8 December 2019. He has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Originally written by Darlene Madrid. Updated by Cassandra Pallagud.
Source: Guinness World Records
Cover image: Editorial credit: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com
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