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World record kiteboard leap from Dubai Burj Al Arab

Danish daredevil Nick Jacobsen has jumped off the helipad at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab using a kite as a parachute and hang glider.

The death-defying leap into the Arabian Gulf, from the world’s third tallest hotel, is part of a Mercedes-Benz Middle East advertising video.

Jacobsen said: “Standing on the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah helipad was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and launching from it, a global first.

“It took a lot of planning, precision and safety measures, but it all worked well in the end, and the experience was amazing.”

The Burj Al Arab is 321m tall in total, and Jacobsen jumped from the helicopter pad at 210m.

With the jump Jacobsen broke his own Guinness World Record for the highest kiteboarding jump of all time, 90m.

He said: “It’s hard to put into words. It takes a lot of patience, a lot of no’s before the yes’s, but with the right team of support and backing, I believe that almost anything is possible. There’s much more to come.”

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