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Civil Defense Constructs World’s Largest Pencil-Made Flag

New Guinness Record

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, December 10th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

The General Directorate of Civil Defense achieved a new Guinness World Record, by forming the world’s largest flag made of pencils. Coinciding with the celebrations of the 43rd UAE National Day, the UAE flag was displayed in the courtyard of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The ceremony held on Tuesday was attended by Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Civil Defense Acting General Commander-in-Chief and Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations at the Abu Dhabi Police.

The General Directorate of Civil Defense shattered the previous record by constructing a national flag that stretched over 1,000 square meters with 1 million pencils, using 250,000 for each color. The General Directorate of Civil Defense received the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Record Holder certificate for the World’s Largest National Flag Made of Pencils.  

Major General Al Matroushi presented the achievement to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and the Ministry of Interior, represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defense which supervised the featured work. Major General Al Matroushi commended the achievements of the kindhearted journey of the UAE across all fields. “Celebrating the 43rd National Day is a beloved opportunity to renew our loyalty and belonging to the leadership, protect the legacy of our founding fathers, and instill the significance of the union in the hearts of our generations who currently enjoy its blessings and wealth,” he said.  

The ceremony commenced with the national anthem, followed by Major General Al Matroushi and Major General Al Raisi placing the last remaining pencil in the flag. A large number of students from public and private schools in Abu Dhabi participated in the official inauguration of the world’s largest pencil-made flag.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Major General Al Matroushi and Major General Al Raisi honored the participating entities and the schools that participated in the success of this national activity.

The ceremony was attended by: heads of departments, chiefs of sections, and a large number of officers, non-commissioned officers, and individuals alongside a vast crowd of students from public and private schools.

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