The Middle East is set for its latest Guinness Book of Records feat with completion of a 170m-high flagpole in Jeddah.
The Bride of the Red Sea, on the intersection of Andalus Road and King Abdullah Road, with be the world’s tallest flagpole when officially confirmed and includes a Saudi flag weighing 570kg, Saudi Gazette reported.
It is part of a wider streetscape project carried out by the Jeddah Municipality over the past 12 months.
“We are not building them for Guinness World Records. We are building them for the nation and for the people of Saudi Arabia,” Ibrahim Badawood, managing director of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), was quoted as saying.
“Jeddah residents will be sharing their pride in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by raising the Saudi’s national flag on one of the tallest poles in the world.”
The flagpole is said to be equipped with an automatic hoisting system, advanced cameras, a system for measuring wind speed and a lighting system for important occasions.