Dubai: The largest aerial projection screen took to the skies in Dubai and into the Guiness World Record book.

The record-breaking feat was set by real estate developer wasl Asset Management Group in celebration of the Year of Zayed. 

The event was attended by a large audience from across Dubai, as well as Guinness World Records representatives who were present to document the achievement. 

The new world record saw a 300-foot aerial screen soar across Dubai’s iconic skyline. The screen was towed by a Bell 212 Helicopter, while a second Bell 212 projected the video onto the screen, using a combination of augmented reality tracking and live projection mapping, displaying a short film about Year of Zayed, and providing the public with an impressive visual tribute to the Founding Father’s life and values.   

The screen, which could be viewed from upto three kilometres away, started its journey from Skydive Dubai before flying over the Dubai Coast and then inland to reach Zabeel Park. 

The helicopters then hovered over Dubai Creek and back out to the coast landing back at Skydive Dubai after a flight duration of approximately 90 minutes.

“We are delighted to have celebrated the ‘Year of Zayed 2018’ in a memorable and ambitious way that captures the late Founding Father’s pioneering spirit and strengthens Dubai’s reputation as a leader in achieving world firsts," said Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group.

On the ground, huge display screens were set up at dar wasl and wasl1 projects so that the audience could watch the screen’s 90-minute journey live on the air as it soared across the Dubai skies. 

This achievement has only been accomplished once before in New York City, when the record was originally set by a 250 foot screen. 

Dubai’s 300-foot screen beat the previous record by 50 feet.