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Saudi builds world's tallest flagpole

The new structure will include a flag weighing 570kg and is located in Jeddah

Saudi builds world's tallest flagpole
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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.

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Abdul Rehman Bin Abdul Aziz 5 years ago

Nice development from Saudi Arabia Govt.
And also too much impress from GOVT development in different projects and also manage the service of two holy mosques very good.

Abdul Rehman Aziz
Jeddah, KSA

Analyzer 5 years ago

Pakistan has already beat the record by installing 215m-high flagpole in capital city "Islamabad"

SAM 5 years ago

So the bigger the flag the more pride one has in his country? I wonder how big the flag of the US, China, Russia, EU and Japan would have to be, given that all advances by mankind over the past 1,000 years are directly attributable to them.