Promoter Brad Kirr dreams of building “the worlds biggest, baddest skatepark” in Dubai. Paulo Vecina / The National
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It’s entirely too hot to be skateboarding. But Kirr, a square-jawed, 31-year-old skate promoter from the US, and Maysam Faraj – a UAE native born to Syrian parents who, at a baby-faced 21, is the sport’s domestic grandfather – are determined to put on a show for the cameras. “Anything for the cause,” says Kirr, walking sweat-sodden back to his car.

“The cause” is Kirr’s mission to build the biggest skate park in the world in Dubai. That title is currently held by the SMP park in Shanghai, which covers about 45.72 sq km and cost $26 million (Dh95.5million). Through his company, Action Sports Arabia, Kirr wants to build a Dubai skate park covering 304.8 sq km. The park he envisions would cost $150m (Dh550m), but he says he could deliver the world record for a cool $50m (Dh183.5m).
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