A record breaking base jump from the Burj Khalifa by Skydive Dubai
Revealing the nature of the mysterious hoarding that recently went up around the tip of the Burj Khalifa, Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet to take the first leap off the building at 828 metres tall, on Monday this week.
The act claims the new Guinness World Record title of the 'Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building', exhibiting astonishing base-jumping skills. Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place to ensure the pinnacle did not get damaged.
"On behalf of the entire team and myself, I would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council for giving us the opportunity in making this project a reality. Skydive Dubai has become a pioneer in regards to aerial sports and will continue to strive in setting more new world records." said His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Aero Sport Federation and Chairman of Skydive Dubai.
The jumpers had to go through a series of training exercises in Switzerland by base-jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain – which is only almost the same height as The Burj Khalifa. With a week of intense training, Fred and Vince continued to condition themselves with 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," stated Fred Fugen. "This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true," continued Vince Reffet.