International Parachuting Champs drop in on Dubai
More than 1,000 jumpers from 43 countries have already landed for the fourth Dubai International Parachuting Championships that are scheduled to get under way at Skydive Dubai, Palm Jumeirah on Friday.
Learning from their experience of staging the World Parachuting Championship Mondial 2012 at the same time last year, organisers have ensured that the competition has become better.
Nasser Al Neyadi, chairman of the organising committee said: “This year’s championship will have a total prize fund in excess of Dh1.5 million for the top finishers and this is very much a part of our commitment to staging a competition of the highest level.”
Categories included in the competition are accuracy landing, formation skydiving, canopy formation, canopy piloting and artistic events.
All categories are open for both men and women and admission is free for visitors who want to enjoy the spectacle. Today (Thursday) the teams will have practice sessions while the actual competition will get under way with the first round of jumps from 08:00 on Friday.
The formal opening ceremony of the championship will be held at 8pm later that day at the Meydan Racecourse and Hotel at Nad Al Sheba.
There will be a special air show on Monday, December 2 to mark the 42nd UAE National Day celebrations, while the competition will formally end on December 9.
“Dubai has set the standard in organising some of the top events in the world of sport. And by organising this championship we want to honour the name and brand of Dubai in the field of parachuting,” noted Yousuf Al Hammadi.
The UAE is participating in all competition categories with a squad of 37 members. The UAE team was in Thailand earlier this month participating in the 15th Asian Parachuting Championship with enthisiasts from 18 nations.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the twoweek competition is being organised by the Emirates Aero Sport Federation and Skydive Dubai.
“This championship has got better over such a short period of time and this is mainly due to the personal interest shown by Sheikh Hamdan in ensuring we have the best competition in the world,” noted Nasser Al Neyadi, chairman of the organising committee, after meeting the participating teams at Skydive Dubai.
The organising committee of the championship has some of the most experienced personnel involved with the sport including Yousuf Al Hammadi, deputy chairman of the organising committee, Majid Al Bastaki, head of the media committee and Mohammed Yousuf, the championship director.
The Skydive Dubai complex has a stunning set of facilities with superb access to kep spots to see the parachuters drop. It’s a two-week festival, so be sure to take some time out of your schedule to spend at least one evening down there – it sounds like a lot of fun and you might not get a chance to see something similar again.
WHAT: The fourth Dubai International Parachuting Championships.
WHEN: November 27 to December 10.
WHERE: Skydive Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah.
Sport360° VERDICT: Dozens of jumpers floating down from the sky isn’t something you see every day. It’s fun and it’s something that shouldn’t be missed.