x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

A bird? A plane? No it's Fareed!

The word "daredevil" does not quite encompass just how much of an adventurer Fareed Lafta is.

The word "daredevil" does not quite encompass just how much of an adventurer Fareed Lafta is.

The 33-year-old Dubai resident is better described as a (take a deep breath) skydiving, horse-riding, motorcycle-racing, scuba-diving, airplane-flying, free-diving, mountain-biking, muay-Thai-fighting, shark-diving, yacht-sailing, Russian-trained cosmonaut.

The Iraqi national even attached 350 helium balloons to a lawn chair and "flew" across America for eight hours last year.

He was also the first person to fly to Everest's summit and jump from 9,144 metres in 2008 and held the Guinness World Record for skydiving with the biggest flag in 2012.

* Eugene Harnan