This inspiring student just landed into the record books

A father and son duo from Abu Dhabi has achieved a Guinness World Record after a record-breaking attempt in India.

Mohamed Thahir, 36, and his five-year-old son Mohamed Aayan, a pupil at Ryan International School in Masdar City, were part of a group that set off to visit the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in less than 12 hours using public transport.

The team – comprising 16 adults and five kids ranging from age five to 11 years – visited seven heritage sites in a time of 11 hours, 33 minutes and 18 seconds.

Mohamed Thahir said: “Our plan originally was just to do a small, regular trip. But we suddenly thought, why not do something more exciting and challenging for the kids. Something worthwhile that they can be a part of.”

The 8th July expedition saw the group traverse cultural spots in India, namely, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo National Park, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar.


The team made use of various forms of public transport including rickshaws, cabs, buses, trains and in some places, had to walk or run to reach their destination.

Part of the motivation for the trip was to showcase the beauty of India’s cultural sites and to highlight how safe it is for tourists to visit the spots using public transportation.

The journey was an eye-opener for the kids, Mohamed explained: “They gained an appreciation of these tourist places and their significance. But more importantly, hopping from one public vehicle to another exposed them to different lifestyles, the changing environments and conditions as you go from one place to another and the mix of cultures that you meet along the way. To experience all these in one day is something that is new for everyone.”

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