Dubai: Dubai has achieved Gunnies World Record for the longest human chain with 96 different nationalities.
Dubai has beaten the record of 75 nationalities which belonged Norway. Norway achieved this record in 2013.
The Guinness World Record was set by Dubai on Thursday with the most number of nationalities riding the metro together.
The feat saw commuters belonging from 96 countries getting on the Metro to form a human chain. It was the conclusion of the weeklong celebration of Public Transport Day organized by the Roads and Transport Authority
The title was handed by Guinness World Record to Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, and Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director general and chairman of the board of Executive Directors. It broke the previous record of 75 nationalities set by Norway in 2013.
Guinness World Record: Longest Human Chain 96 Nationalities
Shaikh Nahyan Said on the occasion
“The achievement comes at a very opportune time as we are also celebrating the UAE Flag Day. We are a country of 200 nationalities and this shows the harmony and tolerance in the country that unite us together.”
Mattar Al Tayer said:
“The public transport network has become the backbone of people mobility in Dubai. The number of public transport riders has soared from 163m riders in 2006 to 551m riders in 2017.”
“From January to the end of September this year, the public transport network has attracted 410m riders. The Dubai Metro Red and Green lines have served about 1.2 billion riders from the launch of the service in September 2009 to the end of August last.”
“Accordingly, the share of public transport in peoples mobility has grown steadily from 6 per cent in 2006 to as much as 17 per cent in 2017, and the RTA is seeking to push it to 30 per cent by 2030.”.
He went on saying that RTA will widen bus network to cover 20 new area and by 2020 current services will be improved further. Air-conditioned bus stops will increase from 623 to 787. The number of buses will rise from 1507 to 1917.