Dubai Marina to host Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final

Time Out Dubai announces that Dubai Marina to host Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final in October 2016. Pier 7 will act as the 27m-high diving board

Dubai Marina is to play host of the most awe-inspiring athletic competitions in the world.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final will take place on October 28, the first time the UAE has hosted event.

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Acting as the finale to the 2016 series, the weekend showpiece of death-defying skill and precision will use Pier 7 as a the platform. Better known as the home of some of the emirate's most popular dining spots, the structure will for one night only be turned into a 27m high diving board.

Those taking part will reach speeds of up to 85kph before they hit the surface, taking around three seconds from take off to landing in around eight metres of water. Unsurprisingly, since its inception in May 2009, the World Series has grown year on year and is now one of the biggest spectator sports in the Red Bull roster.

'Spotlighting the sport’s cream of the crop, Dubai Marina will provide the spectacular setting for the final showdown for the very first time,' a statement said.

As well as the UAE, the competition will roll into Texas, starting on June 4, and then on to Copenhagen, Sao Miguel, La Rochelle, Polignano a Mare, Pembrokeshire, Mostar and Shirahama. None, though, will be quite as eye-catching as Dubai.

A total of 15 divers take part in the series, including former Olympian Blake Aldridge, from the UK. Germany, Colombia, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Mexico and Russia are also represented. American Steve LoBue is the defending champion following glory in Spain last year, and he will once again take to the platform this time around.

For more information, visit redbullcliffdiving.com

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