Dubai, UAE - Two men have broken the record for the world'shighest base jump after parachuting from the top of Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest structure, The USD 1.5-billion tower reaches up 828 meters (2,717 ft), 200 stories into the sky. It surpasses the next highest inhabited building, Taiwan's Taipei 101, by more than 300 meters (1,000 ft). Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan, from the Emirates Aviation Society, were given permission to jump, broke the base-jump record on Tuesday (January 5) a day after the official opening of the building, taking just one and a half minutes to reach the ground at speeds of 136 mph (220
Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, renamed the tower Burj Khalifa in honor of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, ruler of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which has bailed Dubai out to the tune of USD 25 billion in the past year.