BBC News Base Jumpers Jump off world's tallest building The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai
Dubai: An Emirati man has set a new world record for base jumping after parachuting from the top of the Burj Khalifa.
The developer of the Burj Khalifa confirmed that they permitted the man to j... More
BBC News Base Jumpers Jump off world's est building The Burj Khalifa skyscraper ubai
Dubai: An Emirati man has set w world record for base jumping after chuting from the top of the Burj ifa.
The developer of the Burj Khalifa irmed that they permitted the man to jump the tower, which had a grand opening mony on Monday.
Nasr Al Niyadi and his iving trainer Omar Al Hegelan made a ect landing after jumping from the 160th r of the world's tallest building on day afternoon.
The duo, from the ates Aviation Society, fell 672 metres 05 feet) at a speed of 220 kilometres per in under one and a half minutes.
Al di described the feat "as the best rience ever". He said: "When we were at top of the building I was thinking this razy'. I was a little nervous but I ed to jump from the highest tower in the d to record an achievement for my family for my country.
"As soon as we reached ground I looked up and just thought wow'. ve completed over 2,700 jumps but this the most amazing."
BASE jumping, an eme sports activity, refers to the four gories of fixed objects from which one utes the jump — buildings, antennas, ges or spans and cliffs or earth.
Al di and Al Hegelan, who are both members he Fazza Sky Team, covered the distance breathtaking 10 second freefall delay 30-40 second parachute flight. They set a world record by jumping from the highest t of a man-made structure. They landed thly at Burj Park Island with the chutes fanning out 10 to 12 seconds after r jump.
The proud father was greeted round level by his five children; his gest son, who is 14, is currently ning to be a parachutist.
Al Niyadi : "They all want to do what I am doing the youngest is even getting trained to with parachutes. I received skydiving ning in Italy, Spain, France and Germany. s an adventurous sport, but to me it is a y."
Ahmad Al Matroushi, managing ctor, UAE of Emaar Properties, said: "The jump undertaken by the UAE national and trainer is another human achievement that lements Burj Khalifa's accomplished k-record of pushing frontiers."
Al di started freefly jumping in 2002. In , Al Niyadi and Al Hegelan were among a a Sky Team expedition that made a world rd jump over Mount Everest at 29,500 .Less