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iagnosed with polio at age four, Erabeh, now 51,

designed a solar-powered wheelchair that he rode non-

stop for 14 hours and 28 seconds from Masdar City

north to the Sharjah al-Thiqa Club for the Handi-

capped, a distance of 141.7 kilometers (88.05 mi). This earned

him both a Guinness record and national celebrity status. His

eco-friendly wheelchair is powered by four batteries charged

by overhead solar panels that also provide shade for Erabeh

himself. He says two goals motivated him: innovation in re-

newable energy and higher awareness of the power of people

with disabilities. “Give disabled people a chance and they

THESE DAYS, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS SEEM TO COME IN RECORD

NUMBERS OF SHAPES AND SIZES. SOME SEEM LIKE PUBLICITY-HOUNDING—

MOST CLOTHESPINS CLIPPED ON A FACE (159), LARGEST GROUP HUG

(10,554 PEOPLE) AND SO ON—WHILE OTHERS, SUCH AS THE ONE SET IN

2010 BY UNITED ARAB EMIRATES INVENTOR AND RENEWABLE-ENERGY

ENTHUSIAST HAIDAR TALEB ERABEH, CARRY SOCIAL WEIGHT.

Seated under the solar-panel canopy of his wheelchair and

surrounded by supporters, Haidar Taleb Erabeh holds his

certificate presented by Guinness World Records.

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