Dubai hotel and Moet & Chandon claim Guinness World Record for largest drinking glass pyramid

Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon toast to the awarding of the Guinness World Record for the largest drinking glass pyramid in the world.

A grand total of 54,740 champagne glasses were piled on top of each other by a six-person team from Dutch company Luuk Broos Events to form a 27ft (8.23m) high pyramid in the hotel of Dubai. Moet & Chandon champagne was then poured over the sparkling tower, filling the glasses.

The feat broke Luuk Broos Events’ own record of 50,116 glasses, set in Madrid in 2017.

Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon toast as they receive the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid (pictured)

A total of 54,740 glass champagne coupes were stacked on top of each other to build the massive 27ft (8.23m) high pyramid

A total of 54,740 glass champagne coupes were stacked on top of each other to build the massive 27ft (8.23m) high pyramid

The official Guinness World Records listing states: “It was a solid three-sided freestanding pyramid made from commercially available drinking glasses. The final act of completing the attempt was to fill the top layer of glasses with a drink.

Time-lapse video captures the painstaking construction of the glass tower, with the team spending five days and more than 55 man-hours stacking the glasses.

It shows a large black triangle drawn on the floor, with the team carefully placing the glasses in rows.

The video then shows the team climbing a scaffold to stack the upper tiers of glasses. Finally, a team member places the 54,740th coupe atop the tower.

The unveiling of the tower took place during a celebration on December 30 at the hotel’s White Beach club.

Ballerinas “draped in sequins and gold” danced around the tower during the night. Later, guests “were invited to sip champagne on the sandy shores” of White Beach, “before embarking on an immersive experience with musical performances and stylish entertainment.”

The Guinness World Record attempt was organized by Moet & Chandon as part of its series of champagne-themed ‘Effervescence’ events, which took place in more than 20 cities around the world throughout 2021.

The glass tower remained in place until January 1, remaining intact for the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve gala dinner, which included a guest performance by singer Robbie Williams.

Time-lapse video captures the painstaking construction of the glass tower, which was carried out by a team of six

Time-lapse video captures the painstaking construction of the glass tower, which was carried out by a team of six

Dutch company Luuk Broos Events spent five days and over 55 hours stacking the glasses

Dutch company Luuk Broos Events spent five days and over 55 hours stacking the glasses

Video shows a team member carefully placing the final coupe at the tip of the tower

Video shows a team member carefully placing the final coupe at the tip of the tower

Once deconstructed, the 54,740 cut glasses were then sent off to be recycled by a “local glassblower and made into refillable glassware for Atlantis, The Palm’s 1,548 rooms and suites.”

On the night after witnessing the unveiling, Pravin Patel, Official Arbitrator at Guinness World Records, said of the achievement: “Congratulations to everyone who made the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid.

“It takes considerable planning and organization to pull off a feat of this magnitude. The strict guidelines provided by Guinness World Records were followed to the letter, and it was a pleasure to see such a dedicated team at work. Congratulations, you are officially amazing.

Atlantis, The Palm (pictured center foreground) was the setting for the record attempt

Atlantis, The Palm (pictured center foreground) was the setting for the record attempt

The unveiling of the tower took place during a celebration on December 30 at Atlantis, The Palm's White Beach club

The unveiling of the tower took place during a celebration on December 30 at Atlantis, The Palm’s White Beach club

Timothy Kelly, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Atlantis Resorts and Residences, said on the night: “After what has been a difficult year for all of us, it is a pleasure to be here today to carry a toast to the dawn of 2022.

“Tonight, we join our valued partner and masters of the party, Moët & Chandon, to create a moment of history, born of our shared vision to celebrate unity. The Champagne Tower is traditionally a beacon of grandeur and generosity, and we would like to toast a new year filled with both in abundance.

And Laurent Dominguez, Managing Director of Moet Hennessy Middle East, said: “A symbol of celebration and generosity, the champagne pyramids are deeply rooted in the history and DNA of the House. In 1983, on the occasion of its 240th anniversary, Moët & Chandon set the first world record for the highest Champagne pyramid with 2,757 crystal glasses. Almost 40 years later and alongside our valued partner and iconic resort, Atlantis, The Palm, we are thrilled to continue that legacy and create a new milestone with this bold endeavor.


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