The Wikipedia list of the world’s tallest statues (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_statues) surprisingly does not include any in the UAE. Neither does the UAE appear to have any large statues in the pipeline if this list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_statues#Planned_.2F_in_progress) of planned statues is anything to go by.
So what would the UAE have to do to break current and forthcoming planned world’s largest statue records? Firstly, they would have to construct something that was taller than Myanmar’s current Laykyun Setkyar depicting Buddha and standing at 115.8 metres (380 ft) – the world’s tallest statue. Secondly, they’d have to plan to also out-do India’s forthcoming statue of Shiv Smarak, planned to stand at 210m (690ft) off the coast of Mumbai.
Where to do it? For me I’d say in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
What should they build? My own preference would be for a giant camel – a symbol of humble origins, affection, support and sturdy, long lasting, Middle Eastern strength and power in general. If not a giant camel then perhaps a giant pearl, representing the economic starting point of the UAE. Or maybe they should do a giant camel first, and save the giant pearl idea for when the next contender for largest world statue comes along to rival the claim.
How big? Go for minimum 300m tall (984ft).
Made out of what? Well, why not go for gold and break some other world records while you’re at it? If the giant camel was made out of gold it would easily break the current world record of largest/heaviest golden object: The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon -a gold statue, with a weight of 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms), located in the temple of Wat Traimit, Bangkok, Thailand.
Not sure who would fund the endeavour… but it’d be fun to see if they would 🙂
Also, while they are at it, they could construct the world’s largest gold plated drone to lift people on top of the camel for a souvenir photo for the obligatory camel ride shot, taken of course by a second world’s largest drone. See a video of one already in use at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=world%27s+largest+drone&view=detail&mid=3040B36B9AAF6E8B057E3040B36B9AAF6E8B057E&FORM=VIRE
Happy world record breaking statue building 🙂