Eight Emirati Students Vie for Guinness Record

DUBAI - Eight gifted Emirati children on Sunday attained the benchmark for a Guinness world record by solving eight complicated mathematical equations in 5.30 minutes. Each child had to solve one equation.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Wed 28 Jan 2009, 1:22 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:42 AM

Lt- Gen. Dhahi Khalfan gives prizes to the winners. — KT Photo Juidin BernarrdThe Guinness World Record Pavilion in Global Village witnessed the record-breaking attempt, in which where eight children, all from the Emirates Talent Association and aged between eight and 13, took part. The attempt was witnessed by Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police and chairman of the Emirates Talents Association. Each child had to solve one equation in less than one minute, resulting in a three-digit figure that subsequently was entered in a lock. When each answer was correct, the lock opened revealing the UAE flag.

Awatif Ibrahim, a member of the board of the Emirates Talent Association, said, “We have 150-200 students. Our aim is to further develop the abilities of a talented child so that he/she can contribute to the national development.”

Thirteen-year-old Hussain Abdel Aziz, who cracked a complicated equation in less than a minute, said, “Mathematics is one of my favourite subjects.” He wants to pursue a career in business management or become an Islamic philosopher.

Hayat Al Hassan and Hussain Al Hassan, siblings who participated in the challenge, are avid sports lovers. According to their mother, they have a natural talent for mathematics.

Guinness officials have been informed of the details of the event.

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