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Supersonic Fearless Felix to drop into Dubai

The supersonic freefaller Felix Baumgartner will drop into Dubai for an award at the closing ceremony of the World Parachuting Championship Mondial 2012.

The man who fell to earth Felix Baumgartner is coming to Dubai.  AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos, Jay Nemeth
The man who fell to earth Felix Baumgartner is coming to Dubai. AP Photo/Red Bull Stratos, Jay Nemeth

DUBAI // The supersonic skydiver  Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from the edge of space, will drop into Dubai for an award at the closing ceremony of the World Parachuting Championship Mondial 2012.

The world record breaking 43-year-old Austrian, who became known as “Fearless Felix”, will be the guest of honour  this weekend.

He entered the record books in October when he jumped from a helium balloon 34 kilometres up and reached an estimated speed of 1,342kph, becoming the first parachutist to break the sound barrier.

The closing ceremony, on Sunday, will see Katy Perry and Usher take to the stage at the Meydan Racecourse. Regular standing tickets are available for Dh450.

Baumgartner is set to make an appearance during the concert, where most of the 1,400 daredevils competing in the championships will be celebrating the end of the 11-day competition.

According to Thomas Ovesen, the chief executive of Done Events, free shuttle buses will ferry concert-goers back to the city after the event.

“With the announcement of Mr Baumgartner attending the event, the unveiling of the action-packed programme and with two fantastic concerts lined up we are looking forward to a great event and an exciting end to the World Parachuting Championships,” Mr Ovesen said.

eharnan@thenational.ae