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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 March 2019

Base jumpers hang up their harnesses as Dream Jump Dubai ends

Dream Jump Dubai, the first event of its kind in the region, has been taking place at Princess Tower in Dubai Marina.
For the past two weeks residents of Dubai Marina have been witnessing people jumping from the tallest residential building in Dubai, Princess Tower. Courtesy Skydive Dubai
For the past two weeks residents of Dubai Marina have been witnessing people jumping from the tallest residential building in Dubai, Princess Tower. Courtesy Skydive Dubai

DUBAI // A fortnight of extreme base jumping from Dubai’s tallest residential tower is drawing to a close.

Dream Jump Dubai, the first event of its kind in the region, has been taking place at Princess Tower in Dubai Marina.

Organised by Skydive Dubai, it introduced adrenalin junkies to the latest rope jumping system that allows a person to safely experience free falling.

The event saw the use of numerous zip lines utilising over 10 kilometres of rope as well as the construction of an eight metre long jump platform suspended 400 meters high. More than 600 dream and base jumps took place over the course of the two weeks.

“I have base jumped in many countries but to have such an exciting event in Dubai is a dream come true,” said Nasser Al Neyadi, chairman of Skydive Dubai.

People living in the tower were entertained during the event as people flew past their windows, said resident Saud Al Anazi. “It is an exciting spectacle to wake up in the morning and see people free fall past your balcony.”

Mr Al Neyadi said Skydive Dubai plans to run the event once again next year.

Last year, two French base jumpers broke the Guinness World Record for the highest jump from a building after leaping off the Burj Khalifa.

Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen plunged from a platform made especially for the jump at the top of the 828-metre tower.

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Updated: July 21, 2017 06:45 PM

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