By Lauren Steadman
Skydive Dubai is to stage a rope-jumping stunt from the top of Princess Tower, the world's tallest residential building
Dubai's Princess Tower - the world’s tallest residential building - is to the the setting for a new nail-biting rope-jumping stunt.
From Monday, April 13, daredevils will take the plunge from the 99th floor of the iconic Dubai Marina, which at 400 metres is one of the tallest towers in the world.
The feat forms part of the Dream Jump initiative, in which athletes plunge from extreme heights while attached to a rope. It sounds similar to bungee jumping, but there are crucial differences.
Zarir Saifuddin, a partner in event management firm Never Before Events and the founder of the Middle East Extreme Sports Expo, told the Ahlan website: “Dream Jump Dubai will use multiple zip lines, totalling over 10km of rope, suspended high over the iconic Dubai Marina skyline. Such an event has never been attempted before inside any city.
“Dream jumps are referred to around the world as bungee jumps without a recoil. A dream jump involves jumpers leaping off of tall structures while connected to a patented system of dynamic ropes. The end result is a long and safe free fall from any land mass or tower.”
The extreme sport’s founder, Thomas Zielinski, added: “The patented braking system allows jumpers to land in a position similar [to that from when] a parachute had been deployed without experiencing the recoil as in bungee jumping.”
So far, Dream Jumps have been attempted in Norway, France, Croatia and Spain as part of a record-breaking attempt called Around the World in 80 jumps.
His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, chairman of Skydive Dubai and president of the UAE Aerosports Federation, said: “Our athletes have consistently broken records because of their adventurous and thrill-seeking spirit. That is why we are extremely thrilled to host the largest edition of Dream Jump in Dubai.
“With a jump height of 400m, Dream Jump Dubai will break all boundaries of rope jumping as we know it and will enable athletes to experience base jumps against one of the most iconic skylines in the world.”
The event’s being sponsored by Skydive Dubai, which will give members of the public an opportunity to win a Dream Jump experience.