Skydive Dubai, a leader in extreme skydiving, has broken yet another Guinness World Record in less than a month for BASE jumping off the pinnacle of The Burj Khalifa. Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen took the first leap off tower, 828 meters tall, on Saturday 21th April 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record Title of the Highest BASE jump from the tallest building, exhibiting their astonishing BASE jumping skills.
“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 to make this project a reality. Skydive Dubai has become a pioneer in 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 jump from The Burj Khalifa was made possible with the construction of a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the pinnacle that was a mammoth of a task by itself. The installation of the structure that was recently spotted by residents and tourists took a total of 3 days. Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place to ensure the pinnacle did not get damaged.
Vince and Fred completed a series of training in Switzerland by BASE jumping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain, almost the same height of The Burj Khalifa. They continued to condition themselves by BASE jumping out of helicopters in Dubai to ensure they were ready for the leap off 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 by far my most exciting jump, a dream come true.” continued Vince Reffet.
Skydive Dubai being one of the world’s one of the world’s premier skydiving locations has always provided a platform for extreme athletes to express their passion, train hard and achieve their dreams.
This was highlighted earlier in April when they broke the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump.
“As always, Skydive Dubai prides itself on the 100% 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”.
All the shooting of this spectacular jump was carried out by Dubai Film Production, who is currently working on a short documentary that will be released soon.
Skydive Dubai and The Burj Khalifa are symbols of Dubai’s exceptional growth over the past 30 years as well as an example of International Corporation and exceptional human talent, aspiration and inspiration.