Dubai Palm Jumeirah residents told to stay indoors over New Year as island attempts world record elephant stampede
DUBAI: The UAE is set to add to its incredible tally of world records this news year’s eve as the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai welcomes what it hopes will be the world’s biggest elephant stampede.
Guinness judges are set to land on the manmade island on December 31 to adjudicate, as an estimated 20,000 wild African and Indian elephants are unleashed onto its streets at around 8pm, hopefully pushing the city once again in the record books.
Due to the nature of the attempt, however, all residents living across the Palm have been told to stay indoors throughout the entire evening for safety reasons, with traffic also banned from the roads and public transport cancelled until the next morning.
“Sure, thousands of people might be inconvenienced and find themselves unable to travel to the various New Year’s Eve parties they might have been planning,” said one of the event organisers. “But we’re sure once they look out of their window, see the stampeding elephants and realise that we’ve broken the record, they’ll realise that it’s all been worth it.”