As part of the Dubai Shopping Festival's 20th
anniversary jubilee, the City of Gold
is looking to break its own
Guinness World Record by handcrafting the world’s longest 22-karat gold
chain. If successful, the "Dubai Celebration Chain
" will stretch at
least 3.1 miles (5km) and weigh 397 pounds (180kg).
length of the chain is equivalent to more than 11 times the height of
the Empire State Building, or 2.5 times the distance of the Kentucky
Derby at Churchill Downs. The current record holder — a chain that
snaked 4.1km — has owned the title since 1999.
gold is 91.7% pure, so the gold value of the chain (364 pounds of pure
gold at yesterday’s spot price of $1,215 per ounce) is $7.08 million.
According to Gulf News
the manufacturing process, which is being coordinated by the Dubai Gold
and Jewellery Group, should take a month to complete and will require
the skills of 70 artisans working 10-hour days.
Once created and
certified by Guinness authorities, the mammoth chain will go on display
at Dubai's Gold Souk (gold market) during the first week of January as
part of the month-long festivities that will run through February 1,
2015. The chain display will be 200 meters long and will take six hours
Those looking to own a piece of history are
encouraged to “book” a portion of the chain, with sizes varying from
bracelet lengths to necklace lengths. Every length of chain will include
an end link etched with the phrase, “Year 2015.” The chains will be
delivered in special packaging with a certificate.
If demand is strong, the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group may extend the length of the chain from 5km to 8km (4.97 miles).Image: Bigstockphoto.com