DUBAI: An Indian expatriate in the UAE has entered the Guinness
World Records for the 19th time, after he unveiled a 8.2 square metre giant
pop-up greeting card, commemorating the 15th Accession Day of His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the
UAE and Ruler of Dubai, according to a media report on Saturday.
Ramkumar Sarangapani, a Dubai
resident, now holds the most number of world records by an individual in the
UAE and India, the Gulf News reported.
Mr Sarangapani’s pop up greetings
card is 100 times larger than the regular pop-up cards. Inside, it has a
collage of Sheikh Mohammed’s paintings created by Dubai-based artist Akbar
Saheb, the newspaper said.
While the pop-up card dedicated to
Sheikh Mohammed has a closed surface area of 8.20 square metres, the previous
record, which was set in Hong Kong, was of 6.729 square metres.
Mr Sarangapani’s card has dimensions
of 4 metres in length and 2.05 metres in width. The card’s outer cover is the
winning bid of Expo 2020, the daily reported.
Speaking to Gulf News, Mr
Sarangapani said, “I had been working on this for the last six months and
was waiting for the most opportune time to break this record to make it very
special for the nation. And there couldn’t have been a more auspicious occasion
than the 15th Accession Day of Sheikh Mohammed while I also dedicate this to
the 50th anniversary year of the UAE’s formation.”
The card will be exhibited at Doha
centre here from January 4 to 18, as part of the UAE’s National Day
celebrations. COVID-19 precautionary measures will be in place at the
exhibition centre, officials said.
The other records held by Mr
Sarangapani include the largest sentence made using magnets, largest word using
magnets, largest electronic greeting card, smallest pack of playing cards,
Mr Sarangapani, who shifted from
Chennai to Dubai 17 years ago, specially thanked artist Saheb for his
contributions to the pop-up greeting card.