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Disaster Takes Over World’s Longest Iftar Table Event Held in Alexandria

Disaster Takes Over World’s Longest Iftar Table Event Held in Alexandria

Food was stolen from the vans upon their arrival.
Food was stolen from the vans upon their arrival.

Chaos swept the streets of the coastal city Alexandria as an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest charitable iftar table ended in havoc and disaster on Friday.

The event which was sponsored by the Alexandria Governorate was set to stretch along the corniche spanning three kilometers from San Stefano to Stanley Bridge breaking the previous record of two kilometers set in Italy. But as disorder took over, more tables and chairs than world records were broken.

People patiently waiting at the iftar table before sunset. Credit: Nesma Elgohary
People patiently waiting at the iftar table before sunset. Credit: Nesma Elgohary

Known as ‘Mawaed Al Rahman’, the tables are often set up across Egypt and the Middle East during the Holy Month of Ramadan to ensure those who are financially disadvantaged are provided with a meal to break their fast.

Longest line of tables preparations in Alexandria. Credit: Omar El Naggar
Longest line of tables preparations in Alexandria. Credit: Omar El Naggar

Despite the charitable and hospitable nature of ‘Mawaed Al Rahman’, the event requested that people would register online for attending the event, a feature that made it inaccessible for many people, especially the unprivileged. For a week, the event has been receiving registrations which reached 7,000 online registrations.

Many attendees were barely served food as it was snatched from the vans before they were served. Credit: Ahmed Shawat
Many attendees were barely served food as it was snatched from the vans before they were served. Credit: Ahmed Shawat

According to attendees’ comments, the last minute arrival of Hani El Messiry, Governor of Alexnadria, caused further chaos as he decided that the invitation to the iftar table should be made public.

Broken chairs and tables as the Guinness World Record attempt ends in havoc.
Broken chairs and tables as the Guinness World Record attempt ends in havoc.

After waiting for hours to break their fast, many people were barely served water, let alone food, as the servings were stolen and snatched from the vans before the organizers could even serve them to the attendees.

Shortly afterwards, dissatisfaction and tension replaced what was earlier excitement for the event. The event’s organizers struggled to contain the attendees’ growing dismay as tables and chairs were thrown into the middle of the street.

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