SHARJAH – The Emirate of Sharjah has set a new record by pouring the largest quantity of concrete in the world at a commercial centre, reaching 20,246 cubic metres.

The previous record was registered last year at the quantity of 19,793 cubic metres.

Around 622 people took part in the incredible engineering feat at a new mall in Muweilah commercial area, which lasted for 62 hours, the Khaleej Times reported.

Observers from the Guinness World Records attended the concrete process, which started on April 13 and continued until 4am on April 16.

“Everything went about as picture perfectly as they expected,” said a representative of Guinness World Records on the scene. “It was kind of like a ballet of trucks, moving in and out all night, to get this record done,” he added.

The Dh250-million project is being built by Mazaya Consulting Engineers, Oscar Construction Company Limited, Safari trading company, Conmix Limited, in addition to the engineering staff of Sharjah Municipality.

The pouring beats the previous record of 19,793m³ concrete achieved by Gulf Asia Contracting Co LLC (RP Group) for Geepas International Limited (both UAE-based) in Dubai, on September 9-11, 2016. The concrete pouring took 42 hours.

The recent event was held by Sharjah Municipality and the announcement was made by a Guinness World Records representative who handed Thabit Al Turaifi, director-general of Sharjah Municipality, the Guinness certificate on Thursday morning.

Al Turaifi said that he was proud and happy that this achievement had placed Sharjah on the world map. “This landmark is a gift to His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah,” he said.