Bangalore rolls out 42.6 m shawarma to break record

Updated 22 December 2012
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Bangalore rolls out 42.6 m shawarma to break record

Students in the Indian city of Bangalore made a 42.6-meter long shawarma roll, producing a world record. The distinct dish of Arab origin was filled with grilled chicken and vegetables and its total weight exceeded 217 kilograms.
The combined effort of students of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and Wrapz, an international shawarma food chain in Banglore was large enough to be awarded with an entry in the Limca book, a record book of Indian origin. It was also the longest food roll ever lifted. Around 200 students and company chefs participated in the record setting event. “During the last two months, we have been planning, practicing and conducting rehearsals for this event. The students have done a remarkable job by successfully breaking the world records,” said M.A Babu, Wrapz executive director.
The record-setting shawarma was made up of 52 kilograms of chicken 20 kg tomatoes, 28 kg lettuce, 15 kg jalapeno pickles, 20 kg cucumber, 10 kg mayonaise and 72 kg bread, said Kamal Abdul Nasar, Wrapz managing director.
After the shawarma roll was measured and announced as a world record, the roll was sliced, distributed and consumed in the college campus where an eager crowd was ready to eat and to see if the shawarma treat lived up to standards.
Aquila K.S, event coordinator, said, “It was fun filling, rolling and lifting the shawarma and I am really happy to be the part of the team, which has made history.” Shawarma is very popular in Saudi Arabia. The snack is made by alternately stacking strips of fat and pieces of seasoned meat (beef, lamb or marinated chicken) on a stick. An onion, a tomato, or a halved lemon is sometimes placed at the top of the stack for additional flavoring. The meat is roasted slowly on all sides as the spit rotates in front of, or over, a flame for hours.
Thinly sliced cuts of the roasted meat are rolled into a large piece of flat bread or pita that has been steamed or heated. Inside the pita, hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables, and even French fries can be added.


Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

  • The annual festival highlights China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative
  • Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works

RIYADH: Artworks by Saudi sculptor and painter Kamal Al-Mualem will be displayed at the Silk Road International Arts Festival and Exhibition at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China, in September.
Hosted annually by China’s Ministry of Culture, the festival highlights President Xi Jinping’s strategic concept of “One Belt, One Road” in the field of humanities, and encourages cultural exchange between China and other countries.
Speaking to Arab News, Al-Mualem said: “It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors.”
“It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors,” he said.
Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works and puts the results on an official website. The committee then sends a letter of confirmation to selected artists that their works have been accepted for participation.
Al-Mualem said that the international exhibition is a platform for contemporary cultural exchange and highlights the role of Chinese culture in the art of Silk Road.
The artist represented the Kingdom at the same exhibition last year.
“I seek blessings from the Almighty Allah to help me in representing the dear homeland in the best way possible that reflects well for Saudi arts and culture,” said Al-Mualem, an Eastern Province artist who studied fine art at the Florence Fine Arts Academy in Italy.
Al-Mualem’s work has been shown in international exhibitions, including the Changcheng and Chuanqing International Sculpture Exhibition in China.
Last year 300 artists from 106 countries participated in the Silk Road International Art Exhibition, gaining recognition and support from around the world.