The UAE National Day celebrations have been in full swing since the last couple of days. To mark the occasion, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum took the UAE flag to new heights. He broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest flag ever flown in free fall (skydiving)’. Skydive Dubai arranged to break the record twice within the same day. During the first attempt, the team of five skydivers left the aircraft at 13,000 ft and unfurled the UAE flag (106.025 sq. m), with two wingsuiters spiralling around them with smoke cannisters. Two camera flyers also flew around the team to capture the event for the record books. They skydivers released the flag after 10 seconds and landed back at Skydive Dubai’s Palm Dropzone.
After the flag was retrieved, the official Guinness World Records adjudicator and surveyor announced the new record. However, the team took to the skies again soon afterwards to break their own record. They took a flag which measured 144.282 sq. m and managed to keep it flying for more than 30 seconds.
A representative of the Skydive Dubai team explained that they were inspired by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He said, “As His Highness says, ‘the word impossible is not in our dictionary, no matter how big the challenges are, determination helps us overcome them’. We took inspiration from those words to help us achieve what we did today.” Sheikh Hamdan shared the video of this milestone with his followers via his social media pages, highlighting this new achievement in the following words, “Another proud moment as our nation’s flag sets a new World Record for the largest flag flown in free fall measuring 144.28 m² Happy National Day.”