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BMX star Kriss Kyle bikes around Dubai's most famous landmarks in extreme new video

In a clip for Red Bull, the Scottish celebrity hits the Burj Al Arab helipad, Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi Water Park and Dubai Frame, among others

Kyle biked around Dubai's biggest landmarks as part of a project with Red Bull. YouTube
Kyle biked around Dubai's biggest landmarks as part of a project with Red Bull. YouTube

Red Bull has released a video of BMX star Kriss Kyle biking his way around Dubai's most famous landmarks.

After dropping out of a helicopter on to the Burj Al Arab's helipad – which he said was "absolutely terrifying" – the 27-year-old biker rides through Dubai's Gold Souk, the waterslides at Wild Wadi and Laguna Waterpark, wall-rides at Al Seef, spins in front of the Dubai Frame, and goes up the Burj Khalifa.

The shoot has won him a fair few fans, with Twitter user Shane Lizard dubbing Kyle "just one gnarly dude".

In an interview with Red Bull, the Scottish star, who had never been to Dubai before, said the city is "incredible".

"I didn't really know what to expect," he admitted. "Everyone was super nice and I already can't wait to go back," he said. "They're got everything there and everything is the best.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful place."

Fear of heights

Despite his fear of heights, BMX star Kriss Kyle drops out of a helipcopter on to the Burj Al Arab helipad. YouTube
Despite his fear of heights, BMX star Kriss Kyle drops out of a helipcopter on to the Burj Al Arab helipad. YouTube

At one point in the video, Kyle drops four metres out of a helicopter while on his bike, landing on the Burj Al Arab's helipad. This bit, he didn't enjoy so much, as he's afraid of heights. "The whole of last year I was excited but sweating a bit about it. I'm scared of heights, which is not something a lot of people know about me, and because I had waited all year I psyched myself up," he said.

"Before flying out, and on the plane, I kept saying to myself, 'I'm doing this. No matter what I'm definitely doing this'."

He also tackled a few heights while riding around the city's water slides. But this, he said, was a "dream come true".

"They have the best water parks in the world in Dubai, so it was an absolute honour."

In fact, Laguna Waterpark in particular was his favourite spot to ride. "It was more like a proper session than the others," he said.

Overall, Kyle says this project has "made me stronger".

"I can't wait to do more, bigger projects. I'm constantly thinking about what's next."

Updated: January 29, 2019 02:57 PM

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