Dubai breaks world record for largest aerial projection screen

Wasl’s ‘Year of Zayed’ aerial show enters Guinness World Records

Staff Report
19:04 March 13, 2018

Dubai: Dubai has yet another world record to its name as Wasl Asset Management Group took to skies in celebration of the ‘Year of Zayed’, entering the Guinness World Records in the process.

Breaking the record for the largest aerial projection screen, the event was part of Wasl’s wider efforts to commemorate the values and vision of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.

The event was attended by a large audience from across Dubai, as well as Guinness World Records representatives who were present to document the achievement.

This new world record saw an aerial screen measuring 42.15 metres in width and 92.49 metres in length soar across Dubai’s skyline towed by a Bell 212 Helicopter, while a second Bell 212 projected the video onto the screen, using a combination of augmented reality tracking and live projection mapping, displaying a short film about ‘Year of Zayed’, and providing the public with an impressive visual tribute to the Founding Father’s life and values.

The screen, which could be viewed from up to three kilometres away, started its journey from Skydive Dubai before flying over the Dubai Coast and then inland to reach Zabeel Park, passing over Wasl’s latest project Wasl1.

The helicopters then hovered over Dubai Creek and back out to the coast landing back at Skydive Dubai after a flight duration of approximately 90 minutes.

“We are delighted to have celebrated the ‘Year of Zayed 2018’ in a memorable and ambitious way that captures the late Founding Father’s pioneering spirit and strengthens Dubai’s reputation as a leader in achieving world firsts,” said Hesham Al Qasim, CEO of Wasl Asset Management Group.

On the ground, huge display screens were set up at Dar Wasl and Wasl1 projects so that the audience could watch the screen’s 90-minute journey live as it soared across the Dubai skies.