Guinness entry for Maqta Fort model in aluminium cans
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A group of Emirati youths has made a model of Abu Dhabi’s historic Al Maqta Fort using empty aluminium cans, breaking the previous Guinness record made by Japanese earlier in the year.
To enter their sculpture into the Guinness World Records, 30 trainees working at Mubadala and Dubal-owned smelter Emirates Aluminium (Emal) in Taweelah, used 46,566 empty cans -against 35,679 cans used by Japanese in September- to make their real-sized sculpture. They spent 50.5 hours to build the sculpture. The cans were produced from the Aluminum smeltered at Emal in Abu Dhabi.
The record breaking model, built on the beaches of Emal plant in Taweelah near Dubai, is 5.67 metres tall, with a base diametre of 3.99 metres and top diametre of 2.06 metres.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Eisa Al Falasi, who was a member of the team that built the model, said their project started earlier this year, with a plan to use 25,000 cans only. “But, we had to change our plans in September when we came to know that Japanese used 35,679 cans.”
“The model is 1/3rd of the actual size of the fort,” Al Falasi said.
He said that he and his friends put in real hard work for obtaining the drawings of Maqta Fort from the authorities and using computer animation and models in order to construct it can by can.
Hundreds of family members of Emal staff, who were present on the occasion, cheered the team with excitement when the officials from the Guinness World Records announced the successful entry of the record.