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Peace dove at Burj Khalifa

(Wam) / 9 March 2013

The world’s biggest peace dove made of 1.2 million buttons in the colours of the UAE flag was completed in Dubai setting a new record. It will make its way to the Guinness World Records to highlight the UAE’s stature as a peace-loving nation.

The dove made in the colours of the UAE flag. — Wam

The 19x19-metre white peace dove will rise at the Burj Khalifa complex on March 10 in a ceremony to be held by the organising committee of the region’s forthcoming first-ever Peace and Sport Middle East Forum, which will be held on April 23 and 24 in Dubai.

The work is 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’s school children from March 2 to build the dove over seven days.

Students help with the pasting of the buttons.

At the ceremony, the committee will receive an official certificate from the Guinness World Records.

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 region and further afield.

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