WATCH: Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan helps set a world record to mark UAE National Day

Sheikh Hamdan took his love for his country to extreme new heights. Photo: Instagram/@faz3
Updated 02 December 2019

WATCH: Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan helps set a world record to mark UAE National Day

  • The royal joined a group of parachutists to unfurl a massive UAE flag over Palm Jumeriah
  • The act set a new world record for the largest flag flown in free fall

DUBAI: In honor of the UAE’s 48th National Day, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, took his love for his country to exhilarating new heights— literally.

The adrenaline-seeking royal joined a group of parachutists to unfurl a massive, 144 meter square UAE flag over Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

“Another proud moment as our nation’s flag sets a new World Record for the largest flag flown in free fall measuring 144.28 m² Happy National Day,” he wrote alongside a video he posted on his Instagram of the spectacular free fall.

The video depicted the Crown Prince jumping out of an airplane in synchronization with the other divers, while two flankers circle around them dispersing green and red smoke in the colors of the UAE flag.



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The Arabic songs that defined the decade

Cheb Khaled's 2012 hit "C'est La Vie" is one of the biggest hits of the decade. AFP
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The Arabic songs that defined the decade

DUBAI: To end the 2010s on a high note, we’re looking back at some of the Arab world’s biggest hits of the decade.  

‘Elli Baana’

Released by Lebanese star Ragheb Alama in 2018, this break up song has more than 69 million views on YouTube.

‘Boshret Kheir’

Despite being geared towards Egypt, Emirati pop singer Hussein Al-Jassmi’s 2014 hit “Boshret Kheir” was popular across the region.

‘Talat Daqat’

“Talat Daqat,” the 2017 hit, was by Egypt’s Abu featuring iconic film star Yousra. The song’s video clip was shot in El-Gouna during the first film festival held in the city. 

‘C’est La Vie’

The song, by Algerian raï singer Cheb Khaled, was released in 2012. The song is bilingual, with the main verses in Algerian Arabic and the chorus in French. 

‘Shou Helou’

This song, released in 2017, is by the Lebanese singer, actor and composer Ziad Bourji. It was made for his movie “Bel Ghalat.” 

‘Eish Besho’ak’

Tamer Hosny’s latest album in 2018 featured the hit “Eish Besho’ak.” The song was sung not only by his Arab fans, but also non-Arabic speakers. The song has more than  94 million views on YouTube alone.