A massive group of students have set a new world record in the United Arab Emirates, just in time for the nation's 45th National Day.
Students from Global Education Management Systems schools in the UAE gathered on a sports field at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai on Monday, to set the world record for the "largest transforming human image."
In total, 2,223 came together wearing red, white, green and black to form an image of an open hand of Emirati colors. The group then transformed into the iconic three-fingered salute popularized by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai and the vice president and prime minister of the UAE.
The salute is a trademark coined by Sheikh Mohammed in 2013. It represents the ideals of the UAE and aims to inspire youth in work, ethics, success and love of the nation.
Guinness World Records officials were on site to confirm the record, awarding the official certificate to the students.
"The UAE has transformed itself over the last 45 years into a dynamic modern nation that is admired by the rest of the world for its ability to evolve and change with the times," Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member of GEMS told Emirates 24|7.
“We want to thank our parents, teachers, students and the government authorities for their support and enthusiasm in creating such a memorable occasion.”
Last year, GEMS students came together to set the world record for the "largest human sentence." In 2014, students representing 119 nationalities sang the UAE's national anthem, also setting a world record.