‘Guinness World Records’: Demolition of 144-storey UAE building in 10 seconds

A building in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates named Meena Plaza Towers is now a part of the Guinness World Records for its demolition. The building was 165.032 metre or 541.44 feet in height and had 144 floors.

The UAE building achieved the record of the tallest building demolished using explosives (controlled demolition). The record was achieved by Modon properties on November 27, 2020. The company followed the highest international safety standards while demolishing the building.

According to GWR, the demolition was initiated by an explosive detonating cord programmed with a delay. There were 915 kilograms of explosives in the tower activated by 3,000 delay detonators. The demolition process was completed in 10 seconds.

Modon Properties, which demolished the building, has also been given the task of redevelopment of designated areas in Mina Zayed.


This record was previously held by Controlled Demolition Inc. of Phoenix, Maryland, US who demolished Hudson Building in Detroit, Michigan. That building was demolished on October 24, 1998. The Hudson building was 439 feet tall and was a 25-storey building.