With New Years Eve, venues across the UAE are set to nine ready to celebrate. But one Dubai hotel in particular went out of their way to create a truly unique facility.
Atlantis, The Palm, and Moet & Chandon have teamed up with Dutch event company Luuk Broos to build the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid.
The imposing structure includes 54,740 flutes and stands 8.23 meters high, breaking the previous Guinness World Record of 50,116 glasses, set in Madrid in 2017. It was unveiled on Thursday in the complex’s Asateer tent.
Lotte Broos, responsible for the events of Luuk Broos, tells The National that it took five days of uninterrupted work to create the structure.
“On December 29, we stayed until 3 am to finish it,” she says. “For this tower, the glass stems are actually a bit taller than we’re used to and that made the build a lot harder to finish.”
So what does it take to build a tower of this magnitude? Broos says success is about perfecting the basics. “The measurements have to be perfect and from there the only way is to go up. The hardest part are the last few meters.
It certainly helps that the family events management company includes three surgeons – “the only people with a hand stable enough to be able to finish the top of such a high tower.”
“Their skills are very valuable because they have the required level of focus and attention for long periods of time,” says Broos. “At this height, every millimeter counts.
The glass tower will remain in place until Saturday and will be on display at the resort’s annual New Years Gala, which will include a guest performance by singer Robbie Williams.
Subsequently, it will be meticulously dismantled.
“We built the tower using scaffolding, so we’re going to put it back in place and remove each glass one by one until they’re all put back in the box,” says Broos. “It usually takes about a day. “
In accordance with the hotel’s sustainability initiative, the 54,740 glasses will then be recycled by a local glassblower and turned into glassware for Atlantis, rooms and suites at The Palm.
Update: December 31, 2021, 7:48 a.m.