x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

World’s largest flag in UAE colours to celebrate if Dubai wins Expo bid

Work will start on the flag if Dubai win the Expo 2020 bid, to be announced on November 27. It would likely be ready by the end of January.

DUBAI // An Ajman company will make the world’s largest flag – in UAE colours – if Dubai wins the Expo 2020 bid next month.

The flag, which will measure 500 metres by 1,000 metres, had been planned since late last year, but the company struggled with funding the Dh11.75 million cost.

The firm, flag-maker Around the World Clocks and Gifts, will cover the cost of making it by dividing the fabric up into smaller squares, that will be sold to the public after it has been displayed.

“It will make people proud and everyone will want a piece of it,” said Najmuddeen Meera Hussein, the owner of the company.

He said the company would begin work if Dubai wins the Expo 2020 bid on November 27. It would likely be ready by the end of January.

Weighing 107 tonnes, the proposed flag is too heavy to be flown.

If made, the flag would be the world’s largest. The world record is held by Lebanon, which, on October 10, 2010, unfurled a 65,975 square metre flag. The flag, which weighs six tonnes, took 15 people about five months to sew.

Mr Hussein said the UAE flag was originally planned to be laid on the ground in Ajman, but there are now plans to have it displayed in Abu Dhabi.

Around the World Clocks and Gifts are in talks with Abu Dhabi Municipality over security permission. “Abu Dhabi is the capital,” said Mr Hussein. “It would make His Highness Sheikh Khalifa very happy.”

mcroucher@thenational.ae