Aerial sporting action: Dubai announces world’s first jet suit race.
29 January 2024, 12:00 AM
29 February 2024, 12:00 AM
The Dubai Sports Council has announced the launch of Dubai Jet Suit Race, which will be the first sporting contest in the world featuring opponents who go aerial without the aid of an aircraft. Instead, competitors will rely on suits equipped with jet engines to navigate a predetermined course.
Organised in cooperation with Gravity Industries, the event will be held on February 28, during the Dubai Boat Show, so that visitors to the exhibition can watch the unique aerial competition.
Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, confirmed that the event will see eight contestants from different countries vying for top honours, including the UAE’s Ahmed Al Shehhi. The sporting spectacle will serve to showcase Dubai’s eminence as a host of notable global events.
The announcement about the launch of the race came during a fascinating ceremony at Burj Park, next to the Burj Khalifa. The event saw Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council; Richard Browning, founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries; and Samer Al Shammari, Director of the Race, address a large gathering comprising media representatives from various countries, specialists in aerial sports, adventurers, and enthusiastic fans who were treated to a live demonstration featuring three competitors in jet suits who went whizzing over the Dubai Fountain next to Burj Park.\\
During the ceremony, it was announced that an agreement was signed between the Dubai Sports Council and Gravity Industries to organise the Dubai Jet Suit Race. It was also announced that Emirati racer Ahmed Al Shehhi is undergoing special and intense training in Britain to qualify to participate in the first race of its kind in the world.
The jet suit racing competition will be held in the area between Dubai Harbor and Skydive Dubai, with the chosen expanse of water and its depth found to be suitable for the sport. Competitors will turn out in specially designed suits designed with a focus on health and safety aspects including protection from drowning and extra buoyancy.