The Six: The UAE’s wackiest world records

The largest flower arrangement in the world can be found in Dubai Miracle Garden in the shape of an Emirates Airline Airbus A380. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 November 2018
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The Six: The UAE’s wackiest world records

DUBAI: The UAE is no stranger to breaking world records, but these feats of ingenuity are on the stranger side.
Chain reaction
On Thursday, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority broke a Guinness World Record when commuters from 96 countries set a record for the longest human chain with the most diverse range of nationalities.
Nailed it
The Beauty Connection Spa in Dubai partnered with KOKO Nail to set a record for the most nails filed and varnished within eight hours in 2014.
Blooming brilliant
The largest flower arrangement in the world can be found in Dubai Miracle Garden in the shape of an Emirates Airline Airbus A380.
Record-breaking breakfast
In 2017, a Sikh temple in Dubai entered the Guinness World Records archive for serving free continental breakfasts to 600 people from 101 countries — the maximum number of people from diverse nationalities.
A tricky operation
In January 2014, the Dubai Health Authority broke a record for the largest gathering of people dressed as nurses with 691 attendees.
Light it up
A wood and copper lantern standing at 13.09 meters tall was named the largest standing lantern in the world in 2016 and is a permanent installation at a fresh food market in Sharjah.


Queen to rock Oscars with live performance

Updated 19 February 2019
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Queen to rock Oscars with live performance

  • The band's late frontman Freddie Mercury is the subject of Oscar nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • The two original members will perform with former American Idol contestant finalist Adam Lambert

LOS ANGELES: British rock band Queen will perform live at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, organizers said on Monday, following the blockbuster success of best picture nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s Oscars!,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on its official Twitter feed.
The band, whose late frontman Freddie Mercury is the subject of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is now made up of original members Brian May and Roger Taylor with former “American Idol” star Adam Lambert taking on vocals.
“Queen and @adamlambert will ROCK YOU,” the band tweeted in response, giving the Feb. 24 date of the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has five Academy Award nominations, including a best actor nod for Rami Malek, who takes on the role of Mercury in the film. Mercury died of AIDS in London in 1991 at the age of 45.
The movie has taken more than $854 million at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.
The academy did not say what songs Queen would perform or when they would appear on stage during the telecast, which is going ahead without a host for the first time in 30 years.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not nominated for its songs or soundtrack, but other musical performances at Sunday’s ceremony will include Lady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper singing their Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” from movie “A Star is Born,” while Bette Midler will sing best original song contender “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from the film “Mary Poppins Returns.”