Ohud Abdullah Almalki, known as ‘The Artist of the Nation’ has just marked an incredible milestone becoming the first Saudi woman to achieve a Guinness World Records title singlehandedly as reported by the global authority on record-breaking achievements. Ohud has drawn the largest coffee painting in the world using expired granules, illustrating seven renowned figures of Saudi Arabia and the neighboring United Arab Emirates. The worlds largest coffee painting features the two founding fathers of two nations, the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman, and the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Pictures of KSA and UAE rulers including the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud are also featured on the painting.
Being mindful enough to avoid being wasteful, Almalki used approximately just 4.5 kg of expired coffee powder and painted all the figures in hues of brown mixing the coffee powder with water. The edges of the painting were created in the “Sadu” style that is a traditional Bedouin decoration.
Speaking about her triumph, Ohud Abdullah Almalki stated, “It took me 45 days of continuous work to complete, under the watchful eyes of two witnesses, video recording and drone footage. My aim is to remind the world of the centuries-old entente between the two nations.
” What makes the painting entitled Naseej 1, the largest in the world, is the fact that it is spread over approximately 221 square meters, is 15.8 meters long, and almost 14 meters wide. It is made out of 7 connected cotton cloths, with each one measuring 15.84 meters long and 2 meters wide.
Saudi Arabian women have previously made attempts at achieving a Guinness World Record, but this is the first time a Saudi woman has managed to obtain one single handedly.
In 2015, the largest human awareness ribbon consisted of 8,264 participants and was achieved by the women of Saudi Arabia at an event organized by 10KSA in Riyadh.
As a student in 5th year of College of Law at King AbdulAziz University, in Jeddah, Almalki has already taken social media by storm, featuring weekly on popular TV channels across the MENA region. “This tremendous feat would have been impossible without the support of the people around me. I wish this will contribute to empowering the women in Saudi Arabia and beyond,” she concluded.