World records

There is a thing over here about building world record structures…and then each country one upping the other. Seems a bit like teenage boys playing “minenis bigger”…silliness to me but, as always, I like to see the sights wherever I happen to be. 

Dubai currently holds the record for tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, but Saudi is quickly building one that will be taller. I’ve seen both. The Burj is pretty amazing. Kingdom Tower still has a long way to go but promises to be interesting. 

Also here in Jeddah are the tallest freestanding flagpole and some record holding water fountain. Both were massive. The photos don’t do them justice. 

Jeddah municipality hoisted on Tuesday night a giant Saudi flag onto the world’s tallest flagpole to mark the country’s 84th National Day. The pole is 170 meters high, while the flag is 49.5 meters long, 33 meters wide, 1,635 square meters and weighs 570 kg.

Located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the fountain jets water to a maximum height, according to different sources, of either 853 feet (260 m)[3][4][5]or 1,024 feet (312 m)[1] above the Red Sea. (Even at the lower figure, King Fahd’s Fountain would easily be the world’s tallest; the second-tallest is the World Cup Fountain in Seoul, South Korea, with a water height of about 663 feet (202 m).)

The fountain is visible throughout the vicinity of Jeddah. The water it ejects can reach a speed of 375 kilometres (233 mi) per hour and its airborne mass can exceed 18 short tons (16,000 kg).[1] The fountain uses saltwater taken from the Red Sea instead of freshwater. Over 500 spotlights illuminate the fountain at night.

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