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Daredevils base jump off world's tallest building setting new record

A daredevil duo have set a new record after base jumping from the world's tallest building in Dubai.

Veteran skydivers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet leapt off the Burj Khalifa, which is 2,717 feet tall, setting a new world record.

Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet set a new world record. Credit: Skydive Dubai

Although the pair were not the first to jump off the building, a 500ft temporary tower was built on top of the Burj Khalifa meaning they surpassed previous attempts.

They set off red smoke as the jump began. Credit: Skydive Dubai

The video shows the moment the two base jumpers dived from the building as they set off red smoke in order to make them more visible to the cameras monitoring the attempt.

The Burj Khalifa is over 2,700 feet tall. Credit: Skydive Dubai

Fugen and Reffet prepared for the record attempt by jumping off a mountain near Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, which is around the same height as the tower.

The duo prepared for the dive by jumping off a mountain in Switzerland. Credit: Skydive Dubai

They also made a few jumps from helicopters in Dubai in a bid to get used to the city's towering skyline.

The video was posted online by Skydive Dubai. Credit: Skydive Dubai

The video was recorded and posted online by Skydive Dubai.

The pair hugged one another after completing the challenge. Credit: Skydive Dubai

How the Burj Khalifa compares to other tall buildings

  • 1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE - 2,717ft
  • 2. Shanghai Tower, Shaghai, China - 2,073ft
  • 3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia - 1,971ft
  • 4. One World Trade Center, New York City, USA - 1,776ft
  • 5. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan - 1,670ft

However, Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build the world's tallest building, which will be called the Kingdom Tower, and will be nearly 600 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa.