When we think of Saudi Arabia, we often think of the immense desert expanses, such as the Rub al Khali, or "empty quarter", the largest expanse of sand in the world, in fact more than 650,000 km². But the country also holds other, more unusual records. Here are some of them.
1 – The tallest flag in the world
Erected in 2014 in the coastal city of Jeddah, it is 171 meters high. The flag that flies at the top of this huge mast that was deployed on the occasion of the national holiday is not to be outdone, it is itself 32 meters wide and 49 meters long.
2- The largest wall projection in the world
To highlight the emblematic Qiddiya cliff, Saudi Arabia has created the world’s largest permanent projection map screen, with a surface area of 32,108 m². The cliff has become a canvas for unparalleled shows and experiences. In early 2020, the system was used again, this time as a backdrop for the closing ceremony of the 2020 Dakar Rally, with performances by superstars such as DJ Snake and Wiz Khalifa.
3 – The biggest serving of Sayadieh
Sayadieh is a beloved dish in the Middle East, appreciated for its rich flavor. It is composed of white fish, rice and onions. Influencer Hussain Sallam, known as S7S, created the largest portion of sayadieh ever made, weighing in at just 600 kg. It was then served to the public and donated to charity.
4 – The world’s largest fireworks display
New Year’s Eve fireworks shows in Sydney have to be well behaved, it is in Saudi Arabia that we find the biggest! For the national holiday in 2018, the festivities saw a record number of 962,168 fireworks displays. Almost a million!
5 – A record in clothes donations
With 565,798 items collected, the Saudi organization Ehtwa’a organized the largest charity clothing drive ever. In addition to clothing, contributors also donated perfume and all kinds of accessories such as bags and shoes.