With the record being 10km for the last three months, it took more than 20,000 students to complete the task at Dubai Autodrome over the space of eight months.
In order to raise awareness of autism, a campaign titled I’m Different Just Like You got pupils from 10 Taaleem and Gems Education schools involved in a partnership with Al Tayer Group and the Dubai Autism Centre.
The children were aged between two and 18 and were asked to draw a self-portrait of themselves holding hands with another child.
Samer Khallfouf, Project Manager of Guinness World Records, MENA, explained that the artwork was measured twice in order to make sure the length was recorded accurately.
Originally, the organisers only wanted to create a painting that was 7km but boosted the aim when the recent Chinese record was set.
Khalid Al Tayer, CEO Retail of Al Tayer Group, explained that the goal was to have a positive impact on kids by offering various programmes.