From the largest Fireworks Display to the highest base jump to longest graffiti scroll, Dubai holds some of the world’s most interesting records. Now it has successfully achieved another Guinness World Record last week at Dubai World Trade Center for most participants riding in a virtual reality roller coaster in one hour. The event that took place at the backdrop of the GITEX Technology Week, put Dubai on the map as a global hub for VR innovation, earning a place in the history books.
Powered by Samsung – the global giant in technology and innovation, 461 GITEX participants strapping on Samsung Gear virtual reality headsets powered by Oculus took on the visual roller coaster ride presented in a 4DX theatre.
Though the organisers expected only 250 people to take part, they smashed through the record overwhelmingly when nearly double the number showed up and participated in the ride.
According to C. Purushothaman, Head of Marketing (Smartphones & Tablets), IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics “Virtual reality has rapidly advanced to enter the mainstream in transforming experiences in entertainment, education, and healthcare. Attempting this virtual reality world record underlines Dubai’s commitment to innovation, and GITEX Technology Week as the one of the world’s leading events for immersive technologies.”
Senior Vice-President for Exhibitions and Events Management at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Trixie LohMirmand stated “At GITEX Technology Week, showcasing the latest virtual reality innovations and breaking world records shows how the show is a platform for serious business, and serious fun.”.
The Arabian Gazette team were also part of the unique experience and enjoyed the heart pounding virtual roller-coaster ride with lots of memories and pictures to take back home.