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Burj Khalifa chosen for eagle flight world record attempt

Camera will be fitted to the eagle, allowing live streaming on record attempt from world's tallest building

Burj Khalifa chosen for eagle flight world record attempt
Photo by @freedomconservation

Dubai's Burj Khalifa will be centre of attention on Saturday, when an attempt to set a new world record will be made by flying an eagle from the top of the world’s tallest building, aimed to increase awareness of endangered animals.

A camera will be fitted to the eagle, allowing live streaming via several TV channels in addition to special screens in Dubai Mall, news agency WAM reported.

Jacques-Olivier Travers, founder of Freedom Conservation, said that the organisation will attempt to set the record by flying a white-tailed eagle named Darshan from the top of the Burj Khalifa.

Ronald Menzel, co founder of Freedom Conservation, said: "Flying the eagle from the top of Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s most iconic structures will attract attention to our campaign and programmes. We hope to make a new world record."

Mohammed Al Muhairi from the Dubai Crown Prince Office, added: "Preparation took over 42 days. The team produced a comprehensive plan. The attempt faces many challenges, but we have studied all the probabilities.

"We will install a cutting edge technology action camera on the eagle, and we will provide live streaming via several TV channels in addition to special screens in Dubai Mall."

The charity works in collaboration with SOS - Save our Species and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals.

Birds of prey are rooted in the heritage of culture of the UAE, which has the Golden Falcon as the nation symbol.

Despite its rapid development, the UAE has remained active in the conservation of endangered animals, has created over 15 natural reserves around the country and is planning a number of rehabilitation programmes, WAM added.

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