HUFFINGTON POST
04/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

World's Largest Arabic Robe Created In Saudi Arabia (PHOTO)

Saudi clothing company Lomar has presented the world's largest "thobe," a traditional tunic worn by Saudi men, at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah.

The robe is 111 feet tall (12 stories), 56 feet wide and weighs 881 lbs. It took 2 months to be completed and more than 20 people were involved.

Lomar's owner, Loai Naseem, told Saudi Newspaper Arab News, "The idea of creating the largest thobe in the world occurred to me for several reasons. I wanted to give my appreciation to Jeddah. Jeddah has now been mentioned once more in the Guinness World Records. We at Lomar are happy we have been a part of this."

As the LA Times notes, world records have become a matter of pride in many Arabic states - most notably the ongoing hummus wars between Lebanon and Israel.