Jeddah Flagpole

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Jeddah Flagpole
سارية العلم بجدة
Jeddah Fahne.JPG
Record height
Tallest in the world since 2014[I]
Preceded by Dushanbe Flagpole
General information
Location Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates 21°30′28″N 39°10′11″E / 21.507843°N 39.169732°E / 21.507843; 39.169732
Height 171 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 has been the tallest flagpole in the world since its erection in 2014.[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 Dushanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan, which is 165 metres (541 ft) tall.[3] Previous record holders included the 162-metre (531 ft) National Flagpole in Azerbaijan, the 160-metre (520 ft) Panmunjeom Flagpole of Kijŏng-dong in North Korea, and the 133-metre (436 ft) Ashgabat Flagpole in Turkmenistan.

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. ^ "Tallest Unsupported Flagpole". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Tallest Unsupported Flagpole". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Jeddah Flagpole inaugurated". arabnews.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Flagpole completed". maktoob.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
Records
Preceded by
Dushanbe Flagpole
World's tallest flagpole
September 2014 –
Succeeded by
none

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