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Dubai debuts huge cancer awareness ribbon -- on its airport control tower

Cancer awareness ribbon is 128 feet high. Photo courtesy of Dubai Airports.

The United Arab Emirate of Dubai prides itself on coming up with Guinness world record-breakers, so perhaps it was only natural that Dubai would go after “the world's largest cancer awareness ribbon.” Unveiled today on the air traffic control tower at Dubai International Airport, the ribbon is 128 feet long by 60 feet wide and has 24 colors, representing all types of cancer.

The massive ribbon was debuted as part of a major global anti-cancer campaign themed “Early Detection Saves Lives.”

Demonstrating the two Dubai airports' support for worldwide cancer awareness, the ribbon project was launched under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. Locally, the campaign will offer airport employees free check-ups at facilities set up by Dubai’s Saudi German Hospital and International Modern Hospital on the grounds of the Persian Gulf terminal.

Dubai International reportedly is the world’s second busiest airport in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic.

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