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 managed to achieve world record titles while in Qatar. So we rounded up some of the most interesting ones for you to check out!
In an official Instagram post on 5 August 2021, the Guinness World Records Arabia had 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 to complete, 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 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 Records titles achieved by the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ in 2020. The Olympic Cycling Track extends to 33km with a width of seven meters and designed to allow speeds up to 50km per hour. The track can be used for international sports competitions and it was constructed with 29 tunnels (bike underpass) and five bridges. The track is also well-lit with 1,450 lighting poles which makes it also a good spot to bike at night. It was opened on National Sports Day 2020.
As for the piece of asphalt that achieved Guinness World Records title, it is about 25 kilometers long and 28 meters wide, paved without any joints, by pouring more than 91 tons of asphalt continuously over a period of 242 hours without stopping work (more than 10 days), covering 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.
The chandelier named "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 largest chandelier by the number of lights. It weighs 18,000 kg (39, 683 lb) and consists of 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.
Source: Guinness World Records
Cover image: Editorial credit: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com
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