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- Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - From Print Edition


DUBAI: Mountaineer Saeed Al Memari is waiting to hear whether he will be able to go ahead with his daring plan to climb the Burj Khalifa and base jump from the top.


He aims to begin the climb at 5pm on New Year’s Eve and reach the top just before midnight - just in time for him to jump as the Burj fireworks welcome in 2013.


Al Memari is taking part in the Travellers Festival, a celebration of adventurous travel that is being held at the Cultural and Scientific Association’s building in Al Mamzar, Dubai.


Organiser Awad Bin Magrin applied to Emaar Properties, which is organising the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Burj, on Mr Al Memari’s behalf for permission to carry out the daredevil stunt.


“We did a proposal for climbing the Burj Khalifa,” said Mr Bin Magrin. “They liked the idea but the short notice was difficult. We are trying to push it along and he’s ready to do it.”


Al Memari was the first Emirati to reach the top of Everest, and has since repeated the climb.


He said jumping during the fireworks show would be safe as he would step off during a gap in the display. “We want to have both together, the fireworks and me,” he added.