By Associated Press
(AP) Readying to launch from more than 550 feet (168 metres) high and zip across Dubai at 50 miles an hour.
The new The XLine Dubai is a leap of faith.
"The XLine Dubai Marina is the world's longest urban zip line, it stands about just under one kilometre, 950 metres to be exact. The takeoff platform sits on a rooftop set at 170 metres and obviously the difference between the one here compared to the previous XLine that we had, is you've got two lines, versus one in the past, the speed that you can reach is about 80 kilometres per hour,"
Claimed to be the world's longest and fastest urban zip line, Dubai was the obvious choice for it. The emirate has long been a favourite among extreme sport enthusiasts, with online videos showing people hanging off skyscrapers, jumping off buildings, and skydiving.
XDubai, the company behind the XLine, built a temporary zip line in 2015 going over the Dubai Fountain. The company is known for its involvement with extreme sports and one of its biggest fans is Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Last month the Crown Prince of Dubai posted a video of himself riding the zip line with his uncle. The Instagram video has had more than 2 million views.
Launched in December, the XLine is proving popular among residents and tourists alike, with tickets regularly selling out weeks in advance.
"I was most anxious when they kind of let me go but at the same time it was so exciting, you feel like you're about to fall to your death but you know you're not going to, but yeah," says Dubai resident Khaliza Johari.
And while Ahmed Amin decided to try it out after hearing it was the world's longest: "Knowing it's the world's longest (zip line) is what made me decide to do it. I had to try it."
The zip line didn't seem to be long or high enough for Alexandra Vanriel. "I wish it was a bit longer and a bit higher, but it's pretty cool," she says.
The launch platform sits around 170 metres high on top of a residential building, with a view of Dubai's manmade island the Palm Jumeirah, and the yet-to-open largest Ferris wheel in the world, Ain Dubai.
And while the bravest of hearts seek out this adventure, some here today were given the experience as a surprise gift and are having to face up to their fears.
XLine staff say people pull out last minute at least once a week.