Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon are toasting being awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid.
A grand total of 54,740 Champagne coupes were stacked atop one another by a steady-handed team of six from the Dutch company Luuk Broos Events to form a 27ft- (8.23m) high pyramid in the Dubai hotel. Moet & Chandon Champagne was then poured over the glittering tower, filling the glasses.
This feat beat LuukBroos Events’ record of 50.116 glasses set in Madrid in 2017
Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon are toasting being awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid (pictured)
To build this huge pyramid, 54,740 champagne glasses were placed on top of each other.
Official Guinness World Records Listing states: “It was an unattached, three-sided solid Pyramid that was made entirely of commercially available glasses. Final act was to add a drink to the glasses.
A time-lapse video captures the painstaking construction of the glass tower, with the team spending five days and over 55 man-hours stacking the glasses.
The team placed the glasses in rows and carefully placed a black triangle on the ground.
Video then shows team members climbing onto scaffolding in order to stack glasses on higher levels. One team member can be seen placing the 54.740th coupe on the top of the tower.
The unveiling of the tower took place at a December 30 celebration at the hotel’s White Beach club.
Ballerinas ‘draped in glitter and gold’ danced around the tower on the night. Later, guests ‘were invited to sip Champagne on the sandy shores’ of White Beach, ‘before embarking on an immersive experience featuring musical performances and elegant entertainment’.
The Guinness World Record attempt was organised by Moet & Chandon as part of its series of Champagne-themed ’Effervescence’ events, which were held in over 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 featured a guest performance by singer Robbie Williams.
The time-lapse video shows the meticulous construction of the tower of glass by six men.
Luuk Broos Events in the Netherlands spent over 55 hours stacking the glasses for five days.
The video shows one team member carefully placing the final coupe at the tip of the tower
Once it was deconstructed, all 54,740 coupe glasses were then sent to be recycled by a ‘local glassblower and transformed into refillable glassware for Atlantis, The Palm’s 1,548 rooms and suites’.
On the night, after witnessing the unveiling, Pravin Patel, Official Adjudicator at Guinness World Records, said of the achievement: ‘Huge congratulations to all those involved for achieving the largest drinking glass pyramid.
It takes a great deal of organization and planning to achieve a feat like this. Guinness World Records provided strict guidelines, which were observed. It was great to watch such a committed team work. Congratulations, you are Officially Amazing.’
Atlantis, The Palm (pictured at the foreground), was the location for the record-breaking effort
The unveiling of the tower took place at a December 30 celebration at Atlantis, The Palm’s White Beach club
Timothy Kelly, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Atlantis Resorts and Residences, said on the night: ‘Following what has been a challenging year for us all, it’s a pleasure to stand here today toasting to the dawn of 2022.
‘Tonight, we join our valued partner and fellow masters of celebration, Moët & Chandon, in creating a moment in history, born from our mutual vision of celebrating togetherness. The Champagne tower is traditionally a beacon of greatness and generosity, and we’d like to toast to a new year filled with both in abundance.’
And Laurent Dominguez, General Manager, Moet Hennessy Middle-East, said: ‘A symbol of celebration and generosity, Champagne Pyramids are deeply-rooted in Maison history and DNA. In 1983, to mark its 240th anniversary, Moet & Chandon established 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 destination resort, Atlantis, The Palm, we are thrilled to perpetuate this heritage and create a new milestone with this daring attempt.’