Dubai’s peace dove officially recognised the world’s biggest button mosaic

DUBAI: The organising committee of the forthcoming region’s first-ever Peace and Sport Middle East Forum received an official Guinness World Records for making the world’s biggest peace dove of about 1.2 million buttons with the colours of the UAE flag.

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The 19X19 meters white peace dove, with a design that follows the UAE’s national colours highlighting the UAE’s stature as a peace-loving country, is rising at the Burj Khalifa complex, was sponsored by Emaar Properties and is spearheaded by Iraqi extreme sportsman Captain Fareed Lafta, 33, a goodwill ambassador and peace-campaigner who roped in Dubai school children from 2nd March to build the dove over seven days.

The representative of Guinness World Records handed over the certificate to the committee announcing that the work was made of exactly one million and nineteen thousand and seventy three buttons.

The Peace and Sport Middle East Forum will be held April 23-24, 2013 in Dubai.

In April 2012, the Dubai Sports Council and “Peace and Sport, l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” formed a strategic alliance to make sport a driving force for development, education, social cohesion and peace in the entire Middle East and further afield.