We have been witnessing huge accomplishments and efforts that have made Egypt reposition itself and stand out in the Middle East. These accomplishments have led Egypt to achieve new Guinness records in many different fields.
We have been keeping track and here are some of the Guinness records Egypt has achieved.
1- Three Guinness Records for Humanitarian And Charity Campaigns.
While the world celebrated the International Day of Charity, Egypt achieved three Guinness records for humanitarian and charity campaigns.
The Long Live Egypt Fund has achieved three new Guinness records through its “Doors of Goodness” campaign to support families with low income.
The “Doors of Goodness” is a convoy that cost 650 million EGP and included 1000 trucks of different sizes. These trucks contained large donations for medical devices –around 6,298 medical equipment-, home appliances that have over 4000 devices, 1 million boxes of food donations, and clothes.
This convoy is supposed to help about 1 million families and a total of 5 million citizens.
2- The Largest Wastewater treatment Plant In The World
On Monday, Egypt has received 3 new Guinness Records for building the largest water treatment plant in the world in ‘Bahr Al-Baqar’ in Port Saeed.
The 3 certificates are for being the world’s largest water treatment plant, world’s largest sludge plant, and world’s largest ozone generator.
The wastewater plant costs around 20 billion EGP and it will treat around 5.6 million cubic meters of water per day and will help to plant more than 400,000 acres.
3- Long Live Egypt Bridge
One of Egypt’s achievements that broke the Guinness world records is building the ‘Tahya Masr’ bridge.
The ‘Tahya Masr’ bridge was built in 2019. To smoothen the traffic problems in Cairo, the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) Bridge is now the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge.
4- The Friday Market Painting
In 2010, an Egyptian artist achieved a new Guinness World Record with his painting ‘Friday Market’.
The ‘Friday Market’ painting is painted by the artist Taha Al-Qarni, and it had 2600 people painted at the market and its dimensions are 23 meters and 1.40 meters.
5- World’s Largest Cheese Slice
In 2012, a local Egyptian company called Halayeb Katilo produced the largest cheese slice.
The slice was originally made in 2011 but it matured in 2012 when it was displayed. The cheese slice weighed 135.5 kg and measured 1.14 m.
6- Magdy Yacoub: A Record Breaker
The famous heart surgeon had made history and broke another Guinness record.
In 2014, Dr. Magdy Yacoud performed 100 heart operations in just one year.
7- World’s Largest Koshari Dish
In January 2015, a local company called Engezni had organized an event where Koshari Abou Tarek joined Guinness World’s Records.
The company had launched a festival where the famous Koshary shop had created the largest koshari dish ever! The dish was circular, weighed over 8000 kg, and it was 10 meters wide with a height of 1.20 meters.
8- The World’s longest Ramadan Banquet
In Ramadan 2019, we witnessed the longest Ramadan banquet in the world.
The Administrative Capital Company for Urban Development had organized the longest Ramadan Iftar under the slogan “Egypt Has Iftar In The Capital”. The Iftar was organized in the second half of Ramadan and was located between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads.
The banquet length was 4.303 kilometers.
9- The World’s Largest Ful
Another record set by a large Egyptian food.
2015 witnessed the creation of a 100-meter dish of Ful or Fava beans. It was the world’s largest dish as it contained 200 kilos of onions, 300 tomatoes, three tons of beans, and 5,000 bags of spices.
10- Driving 1,370 kilometers In 13 Hours
Another Egyptian made into the Guinness Book of World Records three times.
The Egyptian Hesham Naseem drove for 1370 km across the western desert in just 13 hours and 33 minutes. Also, he achieved another record by crossing the Great San Sea in just five hours and 30 minutes.
11- The Largest Underpants
An Egyptian brand created the largest underpants and achieved another Guinness record.
Cottonil has created the largest underpants and undershirt in March 2018. The underpants measured 25.36 m. The goal of this event was to raise awareness regarding prostate cancer and it offered free health checks for the attendees.
12- Mohamed Salah Scored 32 Goals
This new record is set by the famous football icon, Mohamed Salah.
In the season of 2017/2018, Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals for Liverpool in the 38 games to add the Egyptian king name to the Guinness World Record holders by the most goals by a football (soccer) player in an English Premier League season (38 games).
The previous record was 31 goals and was held by football stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Luis Suárez (Uruguay) and Alan Shearer (United Kingdom).
But Salah’s incredible season did not stop there, as he also broke the record for the most English Premier League football matches scored in by an individual during a season (38 game) with 24 matches.
13- Most Landmines Per Country
In 2011, Guinness records estimated that Egypt has around 23 million unexploded landmines. These land mines go back to World War 2 and Egypt-Israel wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973.
In 2018, around 10 million were cleared from Sinai and the western desert.
14- The Oldest Eocene Whale Remains
These oldest whale remains were discovered in Wadi El Hittan in Al-Fayoum.
The fossils that exist in the Valley of Whales are from the Eocene period and are 56 to 34 million years old. These fossils are particularly important as they reveal the evolutionary stage of the whales from land-based to sea-based creatures, progressively losing their hind limbs.
15- Oldest Cheese Mold
This cheese mold is 3,200 years old.
A team of archeologists had discovered this cheese mold and the news went viral. It was preserved in jars inside a tomb of an ancient Egyptian called Ptahmes.
16- Amr Diab Too Got A World Guinness Record
The Egyptian iconic superstar, Amr Diab has broken the record by breaking the record number of World Music Awards as the bestselling Middle Eastern artist.
17- Biggest Underwater Clean-Up
In 2015, as the world celebrated World Environment Day, Hurghada witnessed the biggest clean-up of the red sea.
Ahmed Gabr led 644 to clean the red sea from waste.
18- Deepest Scuba Dive
Former Egyptian Army Colonel and instructor trainer Ahmed Gabr’s 2014 world record scuba dive to 332 m/1,090 ft in the Red Sea.
Ahmed Gaber required nearly 15 hours under water to return back for air and join the Officially Amazing universe.
Ahmed told the media leading up to the attempt that he was hoping to prove that humans can in fact survive under such conditions as deep sea immersion.
19- The Longest Distance Crossed On A Motorcycle
Egyptian motorcyclist Ali Abdo broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance on a motocross bike in 24 hours.
Ali Abdo drove for 381.27 miles on his bike in just 24 hours. The wind speed that day was around 25 knots, and the temperature reached 40 degrees Celcius at its peak (noon). Dehydration and fatigue were Ali’s most common enemies during his 24-hour journey to be officially amazing.
Ali did 510 laps around the Motoclub Egypt track on a Honda XL 250. The previous record-holder was Paul Oughton, who managed to go for 565.74 km in 24 hours on a Yamaha YZ250. It was achieved in the U.K. on September 11, 2013.
20- The Egyptian National Team for the most wins of the football Africa Cup of Nations
Our national team had also joined the Guinness World Records for winning seven Africa Cup of Nations championships.
Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup’s history, winning the tournament seven times.
The record earned for the most wins at the Africa Cup of Nations by Egypt in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998 in addition to the unprecedented treble consecutive titles in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
21- Egypt’s National Swimming Team
This year a team of 100 swimmers broke the Guinness records 100 x 50 m Swimming Relay.
The team, which included the actor Ahmed Hatem had finished the competition in 42 min 12 sec, which led them to join the Guinness book of world records.
22- Largest Heart on GPS
In 2018, Egypt marked the World Heart Day by setting a new Guinness world record as large group of cyclists formed a huge heart on the global positioning system (GPS).
The event, organized by the Philips International Charity Foundation, aimed to raise awareness about heart disease among Egyptians. It was part of the ‘Back to Rhythm’ campaign, which concluded with the Guinness achievement, and involved several bike rides from different places covering 740km.
23- World’s Tallest Pyramid
The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, Egypt, is the world’s tallest. Also known as the Great Pyramid, it was 146.7 m (481 ft 3 in) high when completed around 4,500 years ago, but erosion and vandalism have reduced its height to 137.5 m (451 ft 1 in) high today.
24- World’s First Peace Treaty: Between Ramses II and Hattusilis II
The ancient Egyptians were concerned with politics and international alliances as current Egyptians. In the New Kingdom, Ramses II signed a peace treaty with King of Hittities, Hattusilis III.
The’Eternal Treaty’ was bilingual: both parties not only agreed to end years of warring between Egypt and Hatti (in present-day Turkey), but also to a mutual alliance in the event of foreign or domestic aggression and to the extradition of rebels, fugitives and political refugees. A fragile peace remained for the next 40 years until the fall of the Hittite Empire.
A copy remains today in the Karnak Temple, in Luxor while the initial version were recorded on silver tablets.
We are extremely proud of the accomplishments that Egypt has been achieving and we can’t wait for more Guinness records.