Abu Dhabi Claims the Title for the World’s Tallest Sign


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Abu Dhabi: The battle for bragging rights in the UAE has taken an interesting turn! Move over Hollywood and Dubai’s Hatta sign – Abu Dhabi‘s Liwa has a new claim to fame: the world’s tallest landmark sign, as officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

Abu Dhabi: Liwa Reaches New Heights

Abu Dhabi: Liwa Reaches New Heights

The Liwa sign, situated in the Al Dhafra Region Municipality, now stands tall as the undisputed champion. Perched atop a hill 197 meters above sea level, this impressive structure boasts a height of 23.5 meters, dwarfing the likes of Hollywood’s iconic sign (a mere 13.7 meters) and even surpassing Dubai’s recent record holder, the Hatta sign, which stands at 19.28 meters.

A Cause for Celebration

The news was met with jubilation in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Media Office proudly announced the achievement on X (formerly known as Twitter), highlighting the Liwa sign’s contribution to the visual identity of the Al Dhafra Region. Developed by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the 49-ton structure is a testament to the emirate’s commitment to leaving its mark.

Liwa: More Than Just a Sign

Liwa, the namesake of the record-breaking sign, is nestled within the vast Al Dhafra region, encompassing a whopping 70% of Abu Dhabi’s landmass. This desert haven is renowned for its vibrant cultural celebrations, including the Liwa Date Festival and the Liwa International Festival. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in Emirati heritage through traditional activities like camel racing, horse racing, and the thrilling sport of dune racing.

Beyond the Sand Dunes

While Liwa’s desert landscape is undeniably captivating, the region offers more than just sand and adrenaline-pumping activities. Liwa Village, a seasonal oasis city, provides a unique blend of experiences. Though currently closed for the summer season, the village boasts retail shops, an array of restaurants, a carnival atmosphere, and even traditional soul music and entertainment shows held on the main stage.

A Destination Beckons

With its record-breaking sign, captivating festivals, and diverse desert activities, Liwa promises an unforgettable adventure. The region offers something for everyone, whether you’re a history buff seeking cultural immersion, an adrenaline junkie craving desert thrills, or simply someone seeking a unique escape from the city.

The Rivalry Continues…

This achievement by Abu Dhabi adds a new chapter to the friendly rivalry between the emirates. It will be interesting to see if Dubai has a response in the works! Regardless of who holds the record, one thing’s for sure: the UAE continues to push boundaries and create landmarks that capture the imagination of the world. So, the next time you’re planning a trip to the UAE, consider venturing beyond the glitzy skyscrapers and pristine beaches. Explore the captivating deserts of Liwa, marvel at the world’s tallest landmark sign, and discover the rich cultural tapestry that this unique region has to offer.

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