Honey, did you just see a man in spandex zip by our picture window? That was some of the reaction among residents of Dubai’s Princess Tower as apparently not everyone got the head’s up about the global Dream Jump, an event that invited professional athletes to zip line, freefall, and perform stunts from the top of the world’s second highest residential structure.
Sponsored by Skydive Dubai, the event ran from April 13 -19 and featured more than 10 kilometers of multiple zip lines designed to allow users to experience free-fall without using a parachute. These “Dream Jumps” are gaining popularity around the globe 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,” said Zarir Saifuddin, partner at Never Before Events and the regional distributor for the Dream Jump system.
Thomas Zielinski, a former high-altitude worker and founder of the Dream Jump, said the patented braking system allows jumpers to land in a position similar as if a parachute had been deployed without experiencing the recoil as in bungee jumping.
“These are the largest zip line systems ever installed inside a city, the project has brought together 40 people from four different companies to work on an event of this magnitude, and we are very proud to bring events like this to Dubai and make it a reality,” Saifuddin said.
About 40 select invitees got to experience a playground of zip lines and hanging ropes suspended about 1,300 feet above sea level over the Dubai Marina skyline. The longest free-fall started from the 99th floor and was more than 10 seconds long.
“The feeling of stress and anxiety transforms into power and adrenalin when you are just about to jump, all of us were excited to see the first Dream Jump in Dubai,” said Vince Reffet, one of the professional base jumpers invited for the event.
In promoting the event, Skydive Dubai gave fans an opportunity to win an exclusive Dream Jump experience. Users were asked to follow SkiDive Dubai on Instagram and submit a video using the hashtag #DreamJumpDubai.