Four words secured a new world record for a Dubai school on Tuesday.
A total of 13,434 bottle caps, which formed the sentence ‘Zayed’s ambitions embrace space‘ in Arabic, made it into the Guinness World Records book thanks to the efforts of pupils from the Gems Al Barsha National School for Boys.
The new record - known as the 'Largest bottle cap sentence' - more than doubled the current title held by Japan for a sentence comprising of 5,009 bottle caps.
Speaking at the school, a spokesman from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut to reach the International Space Station, would be proud of the record’s space theme.
“Hazza would be happy to see pupils, young and old, come together to break a record like this," the spokesman said.
“One of our main objectives at MBRSC is to inspire youth to reach for the stars and we are proud to say our mission is working.
“This is a great way to honour the founding father, Sheikh Zayed, ahead of the upcoming UAE National Day...the UAE and Emiratis have come so far over the past few decades.”
Each of the more than 13,000 bottle caps were locally sourced and collected by school staff and pupils. They will all be recycled once the artwork is dismantled.
As per Guinness World Records guidelines, the sentence had to be made up of at least two words, with each individual plastic screw top touching at least one other so that no gaps were left within the impressive artwork.
Each cap was glued to a large blank canvas measuring more than seven foot high and 40-foot long.
The record was validated by Guinness World Record officials at the campus on Tuesday.
"We chose to use caps that represented the colours of the UAE national flag...green, red, white and black," said Karim Murcia, executive principal at the school.
"The flag represents the values of strength, peace, courage and unity and they are values we thrive to instill in our students."
The previous record, won by Japan just last month, formed the popular phrase ‘one for all, all for one’. It was put together to showcase Japan's love for rugby and was revealed ahead of the recent Rugby World Cup which the country hosted.