- Title: Dubai breaks record for world's largest floral installation
- Date: 4th December 2016
- Summary: VARIOUS OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ADJUDICATOR KEVIN SOUTHAM AND DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN MANAGING DIRECTOR ABDEL NASER RAHHAL SHAKING HANDS AND HOLDING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD CERTIFICATE FOR WORLD'S LARGEST FLOWER STRUCTURE / BALLOONS FLYING, CONFETTI, GUESTS CLAPPING CERTIFICATE READING IN ENGLISH "GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS CERTIFICATE THE LARGEST FLOWER ARRANGEMENT/STRUCTURE WAS ACHIEVED BY DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN (UAE), FORMING THE SHAPE OF THE AIRBUS A380 IN DUBAI, UAE ON 2ND DECEMBER 2016."
- Embargoed: 19th December 2016 14:06
- Keywords: Flowers Dubai Emirates Guinness World Record
- Location: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- City: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- Country: United Arab Emirates
- Reuters ID: LVA0025BGWU39
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dubai has added yet another world record to its roster: the world's largest flower structure in the shape of an Emirates Airlines A380 covered in more than 500,000 flowering plants.
The plane, on display at Dubai's Miracle Garden, took 180 days to construct.
Features include the Emirates Airlines logo on the sides in yellow flowers, the Emirates flag on the tail, and four engines with rotating fans covered in white flowers.
When in bloom, the 500,000 flowering plants are red, yellow, black, green and white and are able to yield as many as 5 million individual flowers.
Fifty tonnes of concrete and 30 tonnes of steel make up the life-size A380 plane structure.
According to the Guinness World Records team in Dubai, the flower installation far exceeded previous records.
"The record we've broken today is for the largest flower structure...this record far exceeds (previous attempts)" said Guinness world records adjudicator, Kevin Southam.
The flowers covering the structure are watered, pruned, cut, shaped and fertilised while on the structure itself.
The Miracle Garden uses a special irrigation system that allows them to water the plants whilst remaining attached to the plane, one of the challenges faced by the team during construction.
"There are two ways to build flowers structures for display: one of them uses cut flowers that lasts only five to six days and this is easy for anyone to do. The challenge is for the plants to be planted within the structure itself, to live and survive five to six months," said Miracle Garden managing director, Abdel Nasser Rahhal.
"How to maintain the plants, how to water them, how to maintain their shape, these are the real challenges. Our plants are live plants planted in the plane, watered on the plane, fertilised on the plane, everything from A to Z," added Rahhal.
Dubai is home to several world records: the world's tallest building, the world's longest painting, and the world's largest perfume bottle, to name a few.
The plane will remain on display at the Miracle Garden in Dubai for three years.
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