Saudi locksmith displays world’s biggest iron lock

Updated 11 April 2013
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Saudi locksmith displays world’s biggest iron lock

The biggest iron lock in the world is on display at Janadriyah Cultural Festival in Riyadh.
The lock is 5 meters high and 2.44 wide and 60 cm thick and will be officially registered as a Guinness World Record next month.
Anas Mohammad Rajab, the locksmith, has a large collection of old English locks. Some of these date back to 1943. He said English locksmiths are known for sculpting the date of when they made their locks.
“My family started this craft 90 years ago in Taif. The craft has become a keys and lock industry.
The Ministry of Finance and other government departments have approved us as the only lock-pickers in Saudi Arabia,” said Rajab.
It is not the first time Rajab participated in the festival. Last year he exhibited the heaviest lock in Saudi Arabia.
It weighed 45 kg and its key weighed 4 kg.


Hot air balloons take flight over Austria for world championship

Updated 20 August 2018
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Hot air balloons take flight over Austria for world championship

  • Around 100 teams from more than 38 countries are taking part in the biennial event
  • Competitive ballooning test pilots’ skills in distance, speed and navigational precision

GROSS-SIEGHARTS, Austria: The northern Austrian sky was filled with colorful hot air balloons early on Monday morning as the sport’s world championship sailed into view.
Around 100 teams from more than 38 countries are taking part in the biennial event, which is being held in Gross-Siegharts near the Czech border.
Competitive ballooning test pilots’ skills in distance, speed and navigational precision, according to the World Air Sports Federation that oversees the sport.
Each flight is scheduled for 5am (0300 GMT) and 5pm when light winds usually allow for safer take off and landings. The event runs until Friday.