Burj Dubai: base jumpers leap from world's tallest building
Published 08/01/2010 | 16:08
Two daredevils have set a new world record for the highest base jump from the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Omar Al Hegelan and Nasser Al Neyadi from the Emirates Aviation Society, were given permission to do the jump on Tuesday, a day after the building was officially opened with a lavish firework display.
They jumped 672 meter’s or 2204 feet and plummeted to the desert floor at a speed of 136mph, it took over one and a half minutes for the jumpers to reach the ground.
Mr Al Neyadi, who holds the world record for the first ever Mount Everest sky dive, said that the jump was "the best experience ever".
He added: "When we were at the top of the building I was thinking 'this is crazy'.
"I was a little nervous but I wanted to jump from the highest tower in the world to record an achievement for my family and for my country".
The tower cost £930m (€1,039m) to build and was named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the ruler of the neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi, and president of the United Arab Emirates.
He and his brothers personally intervened last month to lend Dubai £6 billion to pay off the pressing debts of one of Dubai's biggest state-owned companies.
The Burj Khalifa measures a staggering 828 metres or 2717 feet.