Category Archives: Landmark

World’s largest statistical map in the UAE


The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi unveils 170m-long statistical map for National Day

ABU DHABI // The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi has documented the astounding growth of the city over the decades with what it says is the world’s largest statistical map.

Called Abu Dhabi Over Half a Century, the 170m-long display, located close to Marina Mall, details the significant developments in the capital’s history.

Statisticians spent two years collecting data documenting the socioeconomic rise of Abu Dhabi between the 1960s and 2012 for the project, which is open to the public until December 7, with free admission.

“It captures all the major turning points from all the decades,” said Sameth Raafat, a statistician with the centre. “It highlights how we’ve grown in the last 50 years.”

Visitors to the outdoor exhibit were presented with a beautifully packaged collection of books – one for each decade – chronicling the city’s rise to power.

The first book opens with a quote from Sheikh Zayed: “History is a continuum of events, the present only an extension of the past. So he who does not know his past cannot make the best of his present or future, for it is from the past that we learn.”

Kashif Hussain, a 27-year-old Pakistani who has lived in Abu Dhabi for nearly two years, said the exhibit was a good addition to the National Day celebrations.

“It’s important so we know the history of UAE,” Kashif said.

Vasu Deevi, a 30-year-old Indian who was strolling along the timeline map with his wife, Sireesha, also praised the project.

“This is fantastic, you can see how they grew,” Vasu said. “Even the design, it’s very nice.”

The Abu Dhabi Over Half a Century books are also available online at

Dubai World Central – the world’s first purpose-built

DWC, the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis

Smartworld unveils GPON for DWC

Smartworld, a next-generation ICT provider in the Middle East that has been entrusted with the responsibility to provision the ICT network in Dubai World Central, or DWC, has achieved a milestone with the implementation of a gigabit passive optical network, or GPON, network at DWC.

The launch will put DWC, the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis and strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai, into the league of prestigious gigabit capable precincts of the world and provide next-generation network capabilities to ICT users at DWC. “Following the success of this project, DWC will continue to work closely and take advantage of Smartworld’s specialised expertise,” said Rashed Bu Qara’a, chief operating officer of Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

“The next-generation network unlocks more exciting possibilities for business enterprises operating at DWC, giving them unprecedented networking and communication capabilities,” Smartworld chief executive officer Reyadh Ayesh added.

Guinness entry for Maqta Fort model in aluminium cans

Guinness entry for Maqta Fort model in aluminium cans


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.

Sharjah to raise world’s seventh tallest flagpole

Sharjah to raise world’s seventh tallest flagpole

By Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
Published: Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
Sharjah: Shurooq, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority which is constructing a 123 metre-high flagpole on Flag Island, is planning to raise the 7th tallest flagpole in the world on December 2, the UAE’s 41st National Day.

The project, set to be completed on November 25 is organised in collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Public Works and a number of government bodies. Located opposite the area previously known as Montazah Al Jazeera, facing the governmental buildings in Sharjah, the project has also been taken on by Trident Support, the company which is also credited with constructing the world’s tallest flagpole in Tajikistan.

“This National Day, the emirate of Sharjah will be sharing their pride in the Emirates by raising the UAE’s national flag on one of the tallest poles in the world,” said Shaikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Standing as high as the one in Abu Dhabi, the flagpole was commissioned only six weeks prior to National Day.

The flagpole which was designed to be a centrepiece of a tourist attraction, will eventually include an open amphitheatre, art gallery, shops, restaurants and cafes, explained Shurooq CEO, H.E Marwan Bin Jasem Al Sarkal.

“The pole is to be transported to the location in 12-metre pieces and then assembled in place,” added Al Sarkal pointing out that the flag is half way through its installation process.

The island which is surrounded by a panoramic view of the landscape will also hold several performances on December 2 in celebration of the UAE National Day.