Dubai pedals to breaking world record

As many as 300 residents cycled for one hour on bicycles to generate 8,999 watts of electricity near Burj Khalifa

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Dubai: Another world record has been broken in Dubai, as cyclists gave a whole other meaning to putting the pedal to the metal.

On November 26, 2016, an impressive 8,999 watts was produced when 300 residents cycled for one hour on 100 stationary bicycles – breaking the world record for the most mechanical energy produced in one hour.

The event took place at the Innovation Hub in Burj Park Downtown Dubai on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard.

The previous record for the most mechanical energy produced in one hour by pedaling on static bicycles was 8,369.8 watts in an hour, at Stoke Park, in the United Kingdom last June.

Abdullah Al Shaibani, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai and member of the Higher Committee for UAE Innovation Week, said: “From the tallest building in the world that shows the nation’s infrastructure capabilities, to this new record for the most mechanical energy produced in one hour, generating 8,999 watts.”

Results and updates of the Pedal to Guinness World Record event, were reflected on the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

“This event has come under the Dubai Plan 2021 portraying Dubai’s efforts in promoting health and wellness – the UAE and Dubai have set a leader for not only the region, but the world,” he said.

The event was attended by a delegation from Guinness World Records to ensure the challenge took place through all the right conditions to break the world record.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties commented said: “Innovation is at the heart of the UAE’s current and future growth strategy, with the UAE Innovation Week serving as a sounding board for promoting localized innovation. At Emaar, we are committed to promoting innovative enterprises that also contribute to sustainable development.”

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