JEDDAH: AFIFA JABEEN QURAISHI
Sunday 23 June 2013
Eating 22 live scorpions or making the largest Kabsah dish may seem frivolous tasks but such are the unique feats that an increasing number of Saudis are embarking on to establish themselves for posterity in the pages of the Guinness World Records.
The number of Saudis registered in the Guinness World Records had gone up to 40, after 10 Saudis broke new world records last year.
This month 28 records were broken at road shows held across the Kingdom, which concluded at the weekend.
The event, Guinness World Records Challenge Fair, organized by Arabian Centers, gave locals a chance to attempt world records in front of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator.
“The level of interest in the Guinness World Records challenge fair has been fantastic. At each city we’ve visited there has been great excitement among people ready to try their hands at record-breaking and unlock their skills. As the organizers, we were amazed by the passion, commitment and determination that people show in order to break a Guinness World Records title. We have seen those same qualities shown by record challengers throughout my time in Saudi Arabia. It has been fantastic to see so many records broken,” said Tom Ibison, Guinness World Records official adjudicator, who was present at the records fair.
Of the 28, 10 records were broken in the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, 11 records were achieved at the Mall of Dhahran in Dhahran and a further seven were crowned record-holders in Jeddah’s Al-Salaam Mall.