Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality has received the Guinness award certificate for supporting Unilever the manufacturer of Lifebuoy to set a new Guinness World Record in Dubai for the most number of nationalities washing hands simultaneously on October 10, 2012 during the Global Handwashing Day. Eng. Salem Bin Mesmar, Assistant Director General, Eng. Redha Hassan Salman and Naseem Mohammed Rafee, Head of Consumer Products Safety Section and representatives of Unilever were present on the occasion of handing over the award.
The Global Handwashing Day event witnessed over 300 people across 72 nationalities taking part in hand washing, exceeding the original target of 50 nationalities. The world record idea emanated from the fact that Dubai is a well-known cultural melting pot for several nationalities and ethnicities. Keeping this in mind, the team wanted to highlight the importance of hand washing by setting a world record, aiming to showcase a minimum of 50 nationalities washing hands together, in one large venue at the same time. Participants in this event represented countries from all over the world including UAE, Ethiopia, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Iran, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, USA, New Zealand, Yemen, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Serbia, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Oman, Bangladesh, China, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Kenya, Tunisia, Sudan, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Syria, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Colombia Afghanistan, Algeria, Korea, Chile and Nepal.