Dubai sets Guinness world record on hand washing

A few days ago, it was in the news that Dubai aims for a Guinness World Record on hand washing – with a twist: with Dubai long been called a melting pot of different cultures, its diverse mix of people are set to bring it Guinness fame by organizing a gathering people of at least 50 different nationalities to wash hands at the same time!

Today, we’re proud to be a part of history. (My husband represented Japan.)

The event was not only for record setting – Hands for Hygiene, is being organised by Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap and the Dubai Municipality to mark the fifth anniversary of Global Handwashing Day, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing in saving lives.

The record breaking moment was fun and exciting and we were there to participate and witness the event. Not 50 but people from SEVENTY TWO different nationalities showed up and supported the cause. Dubai is really an interesting place with different nationalities living in one place – when the event host called out the participating countries, it was like a Ms. Universe contest!


October 15 is Global Handwashing Day is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap.The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.


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