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Jordan flagpole hits new heights
Jordan is claiming a new world record - for the tallest free-standing flagpole.

At 126.8 metres (416ft) high it towers just a few metres above the previous record holder in the United Arab Emirates, Amman officials said.

Jordanian guards of honour at the inauguration
The ceremony marked the 1918 Arab liberation from Ottoman rule
King Abdullah II hoisted the national colours on the new pole on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Raghadan palace in central Amman.

Thanks to illumination, the 60-metre (197 ft) flag will also be visible at night, court officials were quoted as saying by the French news agency AFP.

They said it can be seen can as far away as the town of Zarqa, 20 km (12.4 miles) north-east of the capital.

The structure is apparently earthquake resistant and can withstand all kinds of bad weather.

The record for an unsupported flagpole was previously held by a 123 m (403 ft) flagpole in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

There are three categories of flagpole - supported, unsupported and attached to a building.

North Korea holds the record for the tallest supported flagpole with a structure rising 160 m (525 ft) at Panmunjom on the border with the South.

Abu Dhabi claims world's tallest flagpole
26 Nov 01  |  Media reports

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