Skydive Dubai: The Story So Far

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

Skydive Dubai is now regarded as one of the premier sky diving locations in the world. Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers from the world over flock to the UAE’s ambitious young emirate to experience one of the most visually stunning skydive experiences out there, and Skydive Dubai continues to go from strength to strength in a manner which embodies everything Dubai is about.

It was H.E Nasser El Neyadi who, with the blessing and co-operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Crown Prince of Dubai, launched Skydive Dubai in 2010. And in a headline-grabbing, rollercoaster five years, what started as a one-off international parachuting championship kind of idea, has become a fully-fledged global brand.

Nasser is one of the world’s top-level skydivers, and can often be found down at the Marina drop zone having just completed another jump. Nasser has, in just five years, managed to hit the headlines himself with some notable stunts, including BASE jumping off the Burj Khalifa, and managing to complete a successful landing on the 7-star Burj al Arab’s helipad.


Sheikh Hamdan is also a top skydiver, and gets himself down to the site he helped to establish as much as his busy schedule allows. He has had a few close shaves in his time, but the heir apparent to Dubai is highly regarded by those in the know as being a courageous and highly-skilled performer.

Now, as the Skydive team look to further broaden their horizons with a number of new ventures, they can rightly stake claim to being one of Dubai’s most notable breakout businesses. You lose track of the amount of Facebook cover photos which exhibit someone proudly soaring in a tandem above the Palm, but it’s loads, and for tourists searching for something that little bit more adventurous when they visit Dubai, there’s nowhere else to look. It’s all about Skydive Dubai.

When it comes to safety, Skydive Dubai really stands alone too. Each of their dedicated staff are fully accredited by the USPA and the EAA, and between them they average over 7000 jumps. Which is a lot.

Wind Tunnel

But for those who aren’t so confident when it comes to hurtling towards the ground at 200mph with just a bit of fabric attached to their back, Inflight Dubai offers all the fun of skydiving without the exposure to danger.

With state-of-the-art facilities which include the world’s most advanced wind tunnel, Inflight Dubai has found its niche among those who are new to skydiving, and those who want the adrenaline rush and feeling of flying, without the airplane and the jumping out of it part.

Inflight is located next door to the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus, the secondary base for the slightly less experienced skydivers to build up their jump numbers before being unleashed solo from the HQ in the Marina district. Although you are able to dive in tandem with an experienced teacher over the mesmerising setting of the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, you must first earn the USPA C licence (achieved after 300 jumps) in order to be able to dive solo over the visually stunning drop zone.

Top 5 Skydive Dubai Moments

During the course of the last five years, Skydive Dubai has pulled off some outrageous, record-breaking stunts.  Take a look at our top five Skydive Dubai moments:

1. Dream Jump

The world’s top base jumpers and extreme sports athletes gathered at the second tallest residential building, Princess Tower, in what is set to become an annual event organised by Skydive Dubai. They used 10km of zip line running from the top of the building to the landing pad, and thrillseekers burst down at a rate of knots one after another. Then just for good measure, 558 BASE jumps were also performed from the top across the whole event. Here’s the video:

2. Burj Khalifa Pinnacle BASE Jump

Soul Flyers World Champs Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen created a new World Record when they BASE jumped from the top of the Burj Khalifa, which is, in case you’re unsure, the tallest building in the world. Skydive Dubai sponsored and organised the event which attracted the world’s eyes.

3. Ronaldo Plummets, and then Parachutes

Not CR7, but the REAL Ronaldo couldn’t resist the ultimate buzz when he showed up in Dubai. The Brazilian superstar, whose transfer fees throughout his career topped $100 million, was able to get as much of a buzz from his jump as he did when he banged in two goals in the 2002 World Cup Final. Well maybe not as much, but pretty close.

4. Balloon Skydive World Record

Skydive Dubai set another couple of nice Guinness World Records when they took a hot air balloon out for the day. The first record was set when 25 skydivers jumped from the balloon in under three seconds, the second was set as the 40th skydiver left the balloon during one consecutive flight.

5. Shark Prank

It’s not always about falling from the sky, sometimes it’s  nice to chillout in the relaxing cool waters around the Skydive HQ, unless one mischievous skydive prankster gets himself an oxygen tank, and a fin…. It’s still not been confirmed as to whether the scared swimmer has ever found out it wasn’t a real shark. By the way he carried on running he’s probably halfway across Saudi right now…..

To book an experience, contact Skydive Dubai here.