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Dubai Broke Another World Record in Honour of Sheikh Zayed

The world's largest jigsaw puzzle, featuring the UAE's founding father, has landed Dubai another Guinness World Record

Posted on

10 July 2018

Last updated on 14 January 2020
by Rebecca Roberts
Dubai Guinness World Record for Year of Zayed

Image credit: DMCC

The emirate has secured another record-breaking Guinness World Record for the world's largest puzzle, featuring the UAE's founding father.

Dubai is known for its weird and wonderful world records, but this latest one is more meaningful - especially as it's the Year of Zayed.

DMCC and the Dubai Government have successfully claimed a new Guinness World Records title for the world's largest jigsaw puzzle by surface area.

In celebration of the Year of Zayed, this extraordinary wooden jigsaw has over 12,000 pieces that feature the official logo of the national initiative! Plus, the record-breaking piece also spans an area of over 6,000 m².

“The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a visionary leader of rare perception. His Highness was confident, charismatic, encouraged the continuous pursuit of excellence and made bold decisions in the face of uncertainty.

"He also created a sense of collective purpose and possessed a granite understanding of progress for his people,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC.

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The new world's largest jigsaw puzzle was unveiled during a ceremony, attended by a select group of invitees who helped to move the final pieces of the jigsaw into place.

The jigsaw is located behind JLT, in DMCC's upcoming Uptown District.

Due to DMCC's commitment to sustainability, all of the pieces from the jigsaw will be recycled after the completion of the project, which will be managed by Dubai Municipality.

“Dubai, and the UAE, have become renowned for breaking records and they continuously raise the bar in new and exciting ways. This record is a reflection of the admiration the country has for its inspiring Founding Father. We would like to congratulate DMCC on this accomplishment,”, Kevin Southam Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Records added.

Dubai Guinness World Record for Year of Zayed

Image credit: DMCC

Who had the previous world record for the largest jigsaw puzzle?

The previous record for the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle according to the Guinness World Records is measured at 5,428.8 m² (58,435.1 ft²).

This was devised by Great East Asia Surveyors & Consultants Co. Ltd, and assembled at the former Kai Tak airport, Hong Kong on 3 November 2002.