Not one, not two ... KSA sets 28 Guinness records in a month!



JEDDAH: AFIFA JABEEN QURAISHI

Published — Sunday 23 June 2013

Last update 28 June 2013 7:14 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Eating 22 live scorpions or making the largest Kabsah dish may seem frivolous tasks but such are the unique feats that an increasing number of Saudis are embarking on to establish themselves for posterity in the pages of the Guinness World Records.
The number of Saudis registered in the Guinness World Records had gone up to 40, after 10 Saudis broke new world records last year.
This month 28 records were broken at road shows held across the Kingdom, which concluded at the weekend.
The event, Guinness World Records Challenge Fair, organized by Arabian Centers, gave locals a chance to attempt world records in front of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator.
“The level of interest in the Guinness World Records challenge fair has been fantastic. At each city we’ve visited there has been great excitement among people ready to try their hands at record-breaking and unlock their skills. As the organizers, we were amazed by the passion, commitment and determination that people show in order to break a Guinness World Records title. We have seen those same qualities shown by record challengers throughout my time in Saudi Arabia. It has been fantastic to see so many records broken,” said Tom Ibison, Guinness World Records official adjudicator, who was present at the records fair.
Of the 28, 10 records were broken in the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, 11 records were achieved at the Mall of Dhahran in Dhahran and a further seven were crowned record-holders in Jeddah’s Al-Salaam Mall.
“In the past five years we’ve seen an increase in record applications by 400 percent from across the Middle East. In response, Guinness World Records opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this year with the aim of making it easier for businesses and people to access and achieve world records. For me, it would be a pleasure to return to Saudi Arabia in the future to adjudicate another record attempt and witness the talent of the people,” said Ibison.
Talal Omar, who heads the Guinness World Records Middle East office in Dubai, believes it is a desire to be recognized as the world’s best and to measure themselves against the achievements of people from around the world that has led to more Saudi interest in making and breaking records.
“It is the same ambition that inspires Saudis that fuels all our record-breakers,” he said. Of the total records that were achieved at the Arabian Centers event, 13 are current world records; as some record titles were achieved multiple times. For instance, the record fastest time to identify five fragrances while blindfolded was broken three times during the fair.
Omar said record-breaking is all about finding something that an individual is good at. “We encourage people to explore the records that Guinness World Records already holds and then let their imagination run wild. We always want to hear about new record ideas,” he said.
He encouraged Saudi organizations or people interested in record-breaking to explore their website www.guinnessworldrecords.com and to get in touch with their record ideas.
Last year, Alistair Richards, president of Guinness World Records, revealed that 30 to 40 record applications are received every month from Saudi Arabia to be reviewed by the record expert team.
For anyone who wishes to attempt a record or make a record suggestion, an application must be made at the website, which if accepted, the applicant will be sent the record guidelines.
“Then it’s down to them to get record-breaking! All record applications are assessed, and successful records awarded without charge,” said Omar.
Guinness also provides paid-for services for businesses or organizations that require expert guidance in selecting a record to attempt or wishes to invite a Guinness World Records adjudicator.
Guinness World Records recently established an office in Dubai. Can we see one soon in Saudi Arabia?
“The Dubai office aims to cater to the needs of record-breakers and record fans across the Middle East. Just as our New York office meets the needs of record-breakers across North America, South America and Canada. We do not have any current plans to open an office in Saudi Arabia,” said Omar.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami unveiled a beautifully framed old kiswa (covering) of the door of the Holy Kaaba at one of the newly refurbished halls of the world body. The...
A policeman was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Qatif in the Eastern Province on Tuesday night.According to a spokesman of the Eastern Province police, the firing took place at 11:30 p.m. in a suburb called Al-Jishi.The targeted police officer was...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Show, one of the many events of Jeddah Summer Festival 36, is attracting a large number of visitors. The sound-and-light show is being run at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.The show tells the story of the Bri...
JEDDAH: The Riyadh Traffic Department carried out extensive campaigns on the main streets, intersections and squares in the city to boost traffic safety levels and discourage bad driving.During the first 72 hours of the campaign, traffic personnel re...
RIYADH: One of two women infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) died here in Riyadh, while the other patient is being treated at a hospital in Al-Kharj, some 60 km from the capital. Since June 2012, the Ministry of...
AL-AHSA: Approximately 20,000 tons of Al-Ahsa dates are planned to be marketed abroad during the new dates season.Muhammad Ismail, director general of the King Abdullah City for Dates (KACD), said: “The authorities in the city are planning to increas...
JEDDAH: Al-Bagdadiya neighborhood residents in Jeddah are living in a state of worry because of 20 abandoned houses, which serve as hideouts for criminals.Residents said some houses are on the verge of collapse and have turned into shelters for crimi...
JEDDAH: A committee consisting of representatives from the Hail governorate, municipality, health department and the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA) has ordered the closure of a restaurant in the city’s industrial area.Twelve people suffer...
The board of the Saudia Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization has announced that mandatory application of the regulations on new tires produced or sold in the Kingdom will commence in November this year.The board explained that the technical...
JEDDAH: The number of people with mental health issues or depression is increasing in Saudi Arabia due to urbanization, marital or relationship problems, and not being able to keep up with rapid progress. A Saudi mother said that her daughter suffers...
JUBAIL: Jubail beaches are expected to receive many tourists during September as a large number of people usually head to the city once the summer gets cooler to enjoy their holiday here.As part of the beach preparations for this season, the Social S...
RIYADH: More than 50 percent of vehicle users in the Kingdom are not satisfied with the after-sales service of auto agencies in the Kingdom.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) to evaluate the performance of automobile...
JEDDAH: The Appeals Court has upheld the verdict issued by a specialized penal court which sentenced Dr. Said bin Zair to four years in prison from the date of his arrest in 1428.According to the ruling, the academician is also banned from traveling...
JEDDAH: Health authorities in the Eastern Province are expected to issue a decision soon against four Saudi nurses accused of “negligence” for an incident which led to the amputation of the hand of a Saudi girl after they tried to insert a needle in...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah municipality has closed down a popular restaurant following the discovery of a rat rummaging through food items.The rat act was captured on video and posted on social media websites. It went viral, prompting the authorities to laun...

Stay Connected

Facebook