Celebrating the Jordanian Independence Day with record breaking achievements

The 25th of May marks a special occasion to every Jordanian around the world as it marks the Independence Day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

What better way to celebrate Jordan’s birthday than by sharing amazing world records that have been broken in the country!

Ahlan wa Sahlan (welcome aboard) to some of our favourite records achieved in Jordan.


Largest falafel 

Falafel is a well-known and loved street food dish in the Middle East and around the world. It is served in a ball shape or flat or even a doughnut shape.

Back in May of 2019, Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa in Jordan managed to set a world record for the largest falafel ever weighting at weighs 101.5 kg (223 lb 12.3 oz) in the Dead Sea, Jordan. It took the team 45 minutes to cook the enormous dish.

To put the size of the falafel into perspective, this falafel is approximately heavier than 16 bowling balls combined!


Lowest altitude football (soccer) match

As one of the most famous and beloved sports, football (soccer) has many record-breaking achievements achieved by teams, professional players and freestylers.

But our next record holder did something new. Equal Playing Field managed to break a record for the lowest altitude football match ever as it took place 326 meters below sea level.

The match was played in Ghor Al Safi, Jordan with two teams made up of female players from many countries such as USA, UK, Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt and many others.

Equal Playing Field is a non-profit organization that challenges gender inequality while promoting sport development for women in sports.

The match took place back in April 2018 with the final whistle blowing at the of 4 to 2.


Longest slip and slide

Jordan is a history rich country with beautiful landscapes. In the aim to highlight the kingdom as a fun tourist destination, mobile network operator Orange Jordan, along with Ziyad Mazzawi Corporation and Monaco Business developed and organised an exciting record-breaking event!

The event resulted in a new world record for the longest slip and slide ever measuring a staggering 611.7 m (2,006 ft 10 in).

To put it into perspective, the slide is almost as long as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building ever standing at 828 meters.

The slide was made from thin plastic sheet that was covered in water to make it as slippery as possible.

President of Monaco Business Development and director of the project, Mona Naffa said: “We are thrilled with the outcome of this amazing project, it truly highlights Jordan as a family fun destination.”


Oldest bread

After featuring Jordanian achievements ranging from food, sports and fun, we now visit a historic record for the oldest bread!

Back in 2018, a research group from the University of Copenhagen Archaeological Research Group discovered the oldest bread in the Black Desert, Jordan.

The bread was found in a stone fireplace at a site in north-eastern Jordan and is 14,400 years old.


"The 24 remains analysed in this study show that wild ancestors of domesticated cereals such as barley, einkorn, and oat had been ground, sieved and kneaded prior to cooking," said Dr Amaia Arranz-Otaegui from the University of Copenhagen. The remains are very similar to unleavened flatbreads identified at several Neolithic and Roman sites in Europe and Turkey. So we now know that bread-like products were produced long before the development of farming."

We hope you enjoyed this journey through Jordan's record-breaking history!