“Five…four…three…two…one…” With every second closer to the jump, adrenaline filled every cell of my body, accelerating my heartbeat and blurring reality. Time stopped.
“GO!” the instructor shouted, as he pushed me off a ledge. That moment, the inner demons I’d been fighting disappeared, and I was left gliding through mid-air, in awe of the breathtaking views of the Dubai Mall Fountain beneath me.
XLine, a 558-meter zip-line, had first attracted attention in October. A noted disciple of extreme sports, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, had posted a clip of himself on Instagram.
Although most adrenaline junkies wouldn’t mind sliding down a 90-meter-tall tower from Emaar Boulevard to the Dubai Mall’s rooftop in 38 seconds, the zip-line is an experience only offered to those with an invite from XDubai, the sports company which organizes the activity.
Each week 30 lucky winners are picked from the firm’s social media competitions. So far, more than 100 daredevils have risked the XLine.
The ride was over in the blink of an eye, but the adrenaline still pumped through my body long after. Indeed, all good things must come to an end.