Jeddah Flagpole

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Jeddah Flagpole
سارية العلم بجدة
Jeddah Fahne.JPG
Record height
Tallest in the world since 2014[I]
Preceded byDushanbe Flagpole
General information
LocationJeddah, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates21°30′28″N 39°10′11″E / 21.507843°N 39.169732°E / 21.507843; 39.169732
Height171 m (561 ft) [1]

The Jeddah Flagpole is a flagpole in King Abdullah Square in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Standing 171 metres (561 ft) high, it was the tallest flagpole in the world from 23 September 2014[1] until 26 December 2021, when the Cairo Flagpole in Cairo, Egypt was erected at a height of 201.952 m (662.57 ft).[2]

The cylindrical flagpole was built of 500 tons of steel in September 2014 by the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiative and Al-Babtain Power & Telecom. The flagpole sections were lifted into place by a Liebherr LR 1750 crawler crane with a 182-meter boom operated by Gulf Haulage and Heavy Lift Company.[citation needed]

The flagpole broke the previous height record held by the Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan, which is 165 metres (541 ft) tall.[3] Record holders previous to the Dushanbe flagpole included the 162-metre (531 ft) National Flagpole in Azerbaijan and the 160-metre (520 ft) Panmunjeom Flagpole of Kijŏng-dong in North Korea.

A Saudi Arabian flag, 49.5 metres (162 ft) by 33 metres (108 ft) and weighing 570 kilograms (1,260 lb),[4] was raised for the first time on 23 September 2014, the National Day of Saudi Arabia.

The Jeddah Flagpole is located in the center of King Abdullah Square, surrounded by 13 lights that represent the 13 governorates of Saudi Arabia.[3] The 26,000-square-meter park, also known as "Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Square", is located next to Jeddah's North Corniche. One-third covered with plants, it represents the two swords and palm tree, the emblem of Saudi Arabia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tallest Unsupported Flagpole". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 2021-12-17. Retrieved 2018-03-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Tallest flagpole". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 2021-12-30. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "Jeddah Flagpole inaugurated". arabnews.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  4. ^ "Flagpole completed". maktoob.news.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
Records
Preceded by World's tallest flagpole
September 2014 – December 2021
Succeeded by
Cairo Flagpole

Coordinates: 21°30′28″N 39°10′11″E / 21.507843°N 39.169732°E / 21.507843; 39.169732