June 1, 2017
THIS IS A LARGE BOOK
by Nikki Griffiths
Ever wondered what the world’s largest book looks like? Well wonder no longer my friends, for this is it.
The book in question, This is Mohammad by Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Muslih, weighs 1,500 kilos (approximately 3,300 pounds, or the weight of about three adult polar bears), and is five meters in length, eight meters in width, and 431 pages long. It went on display this week at the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, and has been declared by Guinness World Records the world’s largest, longest, widest, heaviest, and most expensive book. According to Gulf News’ Sami Zaatari, “The book presents stories from the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), with the goal of showcasing his positive influence and to send a message of peace and tolerance.” Zaatari reports that over fifty people worked together on the project, while, writing in The Gulf Today, Shamila Jamaluddin describes the team responsible for the book as “over 300.” It is the first book in Arabic to be included in Guiness World Records.
The general manager of the Al Wahda Mall, Mohammad Nauman Thakur, said at a press conference:
“We are looking forward to spread the right message during Ramadan. With the award-winning book display, I look forward to many visitors coming forward to visit the mall along with their family and friends and make the most of Ramadan and the days of Eid Al Fitr.
“Visitors are invited to click pictures along with the book, and participate in the one million signature campaign as this is the last opportunity to witness the book in the region.”
The well-traveled book has already toured the UAE, with stops at various malls, and will be at Al Wahda Mall through June 28th. It will then move to another Gulf Cooperation Council country.
What a tall tale! (Sorry…)
Nikki Griffiths is the managing director of Melville House UK.