Give the world records a break, Dubai

Daniel Shane questions the need for the emirate to build the tallest, biggest and most expensive
Daniel Shane
By Daniel Shane
Thu 04 Jul 2013 08:55 AM

The world’s tallest building. The tallest hotel. The highest theatre. The biggest manmade island. The most expensive licence plate. We’ve even had the world’s biggest book and picture frame. Perhaps next we will have the world record for the most world records?

True, many of these achievements should be commended. Still, some of these so-called records have started to border on frivolous, and Dubai has much more to be proud of.

For example, this week Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, the developer behind the emirate’s mixed use Jumeirah Lakes Towers district, unveiled plans to build the world’s tallest commercial building.

However, the ‘announcement’ didn’t tell us how tall the building would be, when construction would start, when it would be finished, who would be building it, what it would be called, or even where it would be. Call me a cynic, but does this just smack of grabbing any chance to get a bit of free publicity without really doing anything?

It’s maybe unfair of me to pick on DMCC specifically, given that everyone in Dubai seems to be playing the world records game and they’re far from being the worst culprit. A couple of other recent Dubai ‘records’ I’ve seen are: world’s fastest text message in Arabic while blindfolded; most sand moved with a teaspoon in 30 seconds; and most clothes pegs held in one hand.

Saying this, I do have an idea for one world record I’d like to see in Dubai: longest time gone without announcing another world record.

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