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The Burj Khalifa and the New World Record in BASE Jumping

BASE Jumping is one of the coolest city sports of the new millennium. For it, you need a parachute, but no aeroplane, because BASE stands for: Building, Antenna, Span (meaning bridge), Earth (and that could be something like a mountain or a cliff). Video inside…

So the B is for building, and you all know where the tallest building is, right? Yes, it is of course the Burj Khalifa, and it is, as I must have mentioned before, not just the tallest building, but actually the tallest man-made structure on the planet, which means that it as well beats all those creepy radio masts and so on that don’t even stand up by themselves. Only due to the the Khalifa does the title tallest structure go to a BUILDING, where it damn well belongs. We should all be grateful for this…

Anyway, Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan, to cool local dudes, set a new world record on 8th January 2010. I saw it with my own eyes, but I still can’t believe it. So they were no less than 220 meters high and jumped from that building (actually from a platform held by a crane on the building)… And they waited a whole TEN seconds before they opened their parachutes. I can tell you: Just watching this, this was the longest ten seconds in my life. So I cannot imagine how they themselves could have felt. Then, with their parachutes open, it took them another 80 seconds to come down, where they were celebrated as modern-day heroes.

Dubai is the new Rome, the city of superlatives. I have been saying this for quite a while. But now more and more people start to believe me, at last. It’s all thanks to the Khalifa. It changes everything. It has won the future back for Dubai. (Well, actually they had solved their little financial crisis anyway…)

I am looking at it through my living room window this very moment. (That’s because I can type without looking.;-)) And I’m like: Oh my God! That thing is like h-u-g-e! Makes me all emotional…