Palestinians have a particular fascination with getting into the Guinness Book of Records.
According to Nasser Abdulhadi a Palestinina from Ramallah obsessed with “The Guinness” and who was successful to get his name in the record book: “It’s not about being niche, it’s about celebrating our Palestinian culture and identity on an international stage. It’s about showing the world that Palestinians are more than what you see in the news. We are chefs, dancers, carpenters, normal human beings…”
Here we have selected some of the Palestinian achievents in breaking World records:
Largest Musakhan Dish
On April 20th 2010, the Palestinians registered a new record with the largest ever dish of Musakhan in Ramallah and enter it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The total diameter of the ‘Musakhan’ loaf was 4 meters, with a total weight of 1,350 kg. 40 cooks made use of 250 kg of flour, 170 kg of olive oil, 500 kg of onions and 70 kg of almond.
The largest Qatayef ever made had a net weight of 104.75 kg (230 lb), which was organized by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry and cooked by the DANA bakery (Palestine) in Bethlehem, Palestine, on 27th August 2010.
On the 29 of July 2010, the UNRWA announced breaking the former record of flying kites on the coast of Gaza Strip, this time they flew 7202 Kites. The former record was done on 30 July 2009, a group of 3,710 children from the Gaza Strip took part in a Guinness World Records with Most Kites Flown At The Same Time, more than the previous record which was registered in Germany 2008.
The record attempt was part of the Summer Games program run by the UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and available to young Palestinians during their summer break from school. The event brought some 6,000 campers in orange uniforms and blue caps to a beach in Gaza’s war-torn north, where they released their kites into clear skies. Some kites included the red, green, black and white Palestinian flag.
Biggest Straw Tray
Three dedicated women in the West Bank are hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest straw tray ever constructed in history. The project, which the women have been working on for over two years, was begun by Rose Hamad, a resident of a small village near the city of Ramallah. The straw tray is already the largest such tray in Palestine, and its construction continues.
Longest Cable Car-Aerial tramway below Sea Level
The Jericho Aerial tramway/Cable Car is 1330 meters long from the base station to the top station in the mountain. There are 12 cabins and each cabin takes 8 persons with a carrying capacity of 625 persons per hour.
Palestinian Tabouleh in Guiness Book of Records
Palestinian chefs were able to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest salad when they have prepared a large bowl of the traditional Arabic dish Tabouleh at the Friend’s School in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Friday, June 9, 2006. The traditional dish made of lettuce, tomato, olive oil, cracked wheat and mint is a new record for the dish, according to organisers of the culinary achievement.
The largest plate of Kanafah was made in Nablus in July 2009. Palestinians made the largest Kunafah in an attempt to get into the book of Guinness World Records. The plate of the Palestinian delicacy measured 75 meters in length and two meters in width with a weight of 1,350 kilogram.
Largest Traditional Dress
A group of Palestinian seamstresses in Hebron have produced the largest traditional dress ever sewn. About 150 women helped make the dress which is 32.6m (107ft) long and 18.1m (59.4ft) wide. It is hoped that the dress will secure a place in the Guinness Book of World records and promote local handicrafts.