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From Federer facing Agassi in tennis to his match with Anthony Joshua, eight stunts happened on Burj Al Arab’s helipad

DUBAI’s luxurious five-star Burj Al Arab building attracts the rich and famous and has been a landmark in the UAE since opening in 1999.

At 1,053 feet, it’s one of the tallest hotels in the world and home to a helipad that has become synonymous with sporting events.

The helipad atop Burj Al Arab in Dubai is where Floyd Mayweather's next fight will take place

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The helipad atop Burj Al Arab in Dubai is where Floyd Mayweather’s next fight will take placeCredit: Getty

On February 20, Floyd Mayweather will fight YouTuber Money Kicks on the building’s helipad, which promises to be a great setting, with views of the beautiful white sand Jumeira Beach below.

It won’t be the first stunt held on the roof of the Burj Al Arab, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Federer v Agassi

One would imagine never before the phrase ‘new ball please’ was used more commonly.

In 2005, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played an exhibition tennis match on the helipad – and you can only imagine losing a few balls in the first place.

Agassi later told ATPWorldTour.com: “It was an absolutely amazing experience.

“When you first get over your height and start playing, it’s an absolute joy and it’s a great time. I don’t have a problem with my height as long as I don’t have to bungee jump. from the side.”

Roger Federer and Andre Agassi enjoy a tennis match on Dubai's skyline

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Roger Federer and Andre Agassi enjoy a tennis match on Dubai’s skylineCredit: Getty

David Coulthard’s donut in F1 car

After winning the 2013 Formula One championship and the drivers’ championship, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s 750bhp car was taken for a spin on the helipad.

Scottish legend Coulthard led, spin donuts, burn rubber and create a smoke show.

“It was very exciting. When Red Bull first proposed the idea to me, I said ‘why not?'”, Coulthard revealed.

“I love being involved in anything that can push boundaries and that’s what Red Bull stands for. I think this makes for great, iconic shots in a great town. and I’m really honored to be a part of it.”

David Coulthard looks down at the hidden challenge

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David Coulthard looks down at the hidden challengeCredits: Naim Chidiac Content / Red Bull Pool
Coulthard shows off his donut-making skills in a F1 car

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Coulthard shows off his donut-making skills in a F1 carCredit: Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Team
A smoke show created by Coulthard

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A smoke show created by CoulthardCredit: Red Bull

AJ sparring

Forget a cold and dark North London gym – Anthony Joshua upped his game for his bouts in 2017.

To launch the Dubai Fitness Challenge to encourage locals to get fit, he shot a video doing some accompaniment with Sebastian Eubank on the iconic helipad.

AJ is a fan of training in the UAE, recently spent his Christmas break in the Middle East in camp with Lawrence Okolie.

Anthony Joshua enjoyed a bout back in 2017

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Anthony Joshua enjoyed a showdown back in 2017Credit: Getty – Contributor
Joshua is promoting Dubai Fitness Challenge

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Joshua is promoting Dubai Fitness ChallengeCredit: Getty – Contributor

Tiger Woods’ Huge Payday

Back in 2004, Tiger Woods was said to have been given $1 million (£735,000) to hit the helipad golf balls, before entering the Desert Classic.

His easy swing sent several balloons into the ocean as video cameras captured the moment.

The American tennis player returned to serve and once again showed his impressive driving ability in 2017.

Tiger Woods used the helipad of a luxury hotel as his training ground

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Tiger Woods used the helipad of a luxury hotel as his training groundCredit: Getty

Rory McIlroy tees off

In 2011, a makeshift bunker was set up on top of the helipad for Rory McIlroy to show off his skills.

He was joined in the event by his former caddy, JP Fitzgerald, who watched as the Northern Irishman showed off his shots.

At the time, McIlroy was funded by the Jumeirah Group, who owned the Burj Al Arab.

However, after that contract expired in 2013, they were unable to renew.

Rory McIlroy practicing his bunker shots atop Burj Al Arab

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Rory McIlroy practicing his bunker shots atop Burj Al ArabCredit: Getty

Kriss Kyle’s BMX dance moves

Scottish BMX star Kriss Kyle was afraid of heights before he dared to jump out of the helipad and use Burj Al Arab as his playground.

An incredible stunt video shows Kyle jumping 14 feet from a helicopter – 720 feet.

Kyle revealed that he “faced his agoraphobia for the jump and knew he couldn’t take too long as the helicopter raised itself on a ramp above the helipad. for some reason.”

Scottish BMX star Kriss Kyle daringly jumps from a helicopter to the helipad and takes a special course

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Scottish BMX star Kriss Kyle daringly jumps from a helicopter to the helipad and takes a special courseCredit: Fred Murray / Red Bull Content Team

Sean Malto’s skateboarding stunt

In the incredible skateboard documentary We Are Blood, Malto joined in the film’s most dramatic moment.

With the blessing of the Prince of Dubai, he used the helipad as his skate park.

“Oh my gosh, that’s one of the five best things I’ve ever done in my life,” he said UK is complicated.

“There’s only a select few up there, people like Tiger Woods. It’s scary. There’s been a lot of precaution meetings before, about what would happen if a board flew over the edge and rushed in. 30-story car.

“How do we stop that? How do we stop one from falling out of it? It’s really scary and cool.”

Skateboarder Sean Malto turned Burj Al Arab into his own helipad

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Skateboarder Sean Malto turned Burj Al Arab into his own helipadCredit: YouTube: Mountain Dew

Aston Martin celebrates centenary

If you are the prestigious car brand Aston Martin, synonymous with stunts in James Bond movies, how will you celebrate its 100th anniversary?

Correct! By using the helipad to land a Vanquish on top of Burj Al Arab, of course.

The expensive engine is fastened to a cradle, before it is lifted into the air by a helicopter.

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