Dubai to create the world’s longest graffiti scroll

ubai is set to break its latest record-breaking record with the longest collaborative graffiti painting in the world, the official state news agency WAM reported.

The initiative was announced on Monday by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and the art project is to celebrate the progress of UAE union.

The graffiti painting, called Rehlatna, or “Our Journey” in English, will stretch 2180 metres and the record will be set on November 29.

The project is part of preparations to celebrate the UAE’s 43rd National Day.

The art piece will take the shape of the UAE map, portraying the seven Emirates and highlighting the crucial stages in the country’s progress throughout history, including numerous milestones from its golden past as well as the achievements of the present era and illuminating the promising future of the UAE.

Saif Bin Markhan Al Ketbi, Director-General of the Office of the Crown Prince of Dubai, stated: “Rehlatna will serve as a unique ‘documentary’ with a contemporary artistic vision, highlighting the progress of The Union and merging the efforts of a number of distinctive graffiti artists from across the world who will apply their talents while working on a creative platform alongside their peers from the Arab world, including renowned Emirati artists.”

Ismael Al Hashemi, head of the organising committee for Rehlatna, added: “The event is scheduled to take place from November 29-30, 2014, near Jumeirah Beach Park and will be open to all families, citizens, expats, and visitors in the country, opening the door for everyone to share in the joy of our National Day celebrations and festivities. It is an open platform, where people will be permitted to join the painting project under the guidance of qualified artists.”

Around 70 international artists will form the core of the artists on the project.

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