VIDEO: Record base jump from Burj Khalifa
Skydive Dubai has set a new Guinness World Record for the 828m leap
Skydive Dubai has set a new Guinness World Record after Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took an 828 metre leap off the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The pair set Dubai's latest record-breaking title when they performed the feat on Monday, setting off orange flares on the way down.
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Skydive Dubai said the jump was only possible with the construction of a 3x1m platform at the very top of the pinnacle, which it described an immense task in itself.
The structure, which was spotted by residents and tourists last week, took three days to install, with challenges faced due to weather constrictions limiting the time available for construction, the company said.
It said measures were in place to ensure the Dubai pinnacle did not get damaged.
“On behalf of the entire team and myself, I would like to thank HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Sports Council for giving us the opportunity in making this project a reality,” said Nasser Al Neyadi, president of the Aero Sport Federation and chairman of Skydive Dubai.
“Skydive Dubai has become a pioneer in regards to aerial sports and will continue to strive in setting more new world records.”
As part of preparations for the base jump, Fugen and Reffet completed a series of training jumps off Lauterbeunnen Mountain in Switzerland over a week, which is almost the same height as Burj Khalifa.
This was followed by base jumping out of helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off of the world’s tallest building.
“This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream,” Fugen said.
Reffet added: “This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true.”
In April, Skydive Dubai, which opened in 2010, broke the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump.
“As always, Skydive Dubai prides itself on the 100 percent safety record and the Burj Khalifa jump is no exception”, said Alan Gayton, general manager, Skydive Dubai, The Palm Drop Zone.
“This success is due to the ‘practice make perfect’ method of training that we always follow and the 100% dedication of everyone working on this project.”