High in Dubai

Barj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, stands across the road from my hotel. Last night, as I was on my way to the hotel gym, my colleague waylaid me and insisted I come to the top for a sunset cocktail.

Minutes later, we were at the foot of the building, the sun bobbling on the horizon.

Our friend had made reservations at the bar, Atmosphere, and we were ushered into the express elevator. Seconds later, ears popping we were on the 123rd floor.

We descended a flight of stairs and got our first glimpse of the view.

The city stretched before us. Zillions of wild skyscrapers, all lit up. It was like looking out of the window of a plane, too high to even trigger my vertigo.

Many of the buildings are still under construction. Their windows are dark but cranes are strung with lights.

After a martini and some snacks, we paid an exorbitant bill, and descended to reality again.

At the foot of the building, a crowd of thousands watched computer-controlled fountains dance to the theme from Bonanza and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Hours later, as dawn broke, we began our next day of filming.

We had to start early before the sun grew unbearably hot.

Our cast and crew worked together to make swift progress.

By 9:30 a.m., the sun was baking down. We had to take a break till mid-afternoon; we’ll return to shoot into the setting sun.


  1. Dee

    Wow, wow and wow again! What an experience!

  2. jane lafazio

    Danny this is great and fascinating and weird. so glad you’re sharing. thanks!

  3. Tina

    Thanx so, so much for taking us along on this adventure!! It looks fascinating!!!

    I´ve been reading some thoughtful lines from your Creative License-book today- while my children were fishing here in Stockholm. Some rain came, but due to your words in the book, I cherrished the light, summer-rain- and made some aquarell-grids in my journal- not whining in it- simply enjoying myself, the water, the children and the peace.

    Thank You for bringing out the best of our time here on this spectacular earth!!!

  4. Barbara Daley

    Thank you, Danny, for taking us along for the ride!

  5. Beverley

    I am loving this, catching up with what you are doing on this amazing visit. I hope you are beginning to cope with the heat by now?

  6. Sandy

    Yowsa, what a view – and quite an interesting shoot – thanks for the peek into your world.

  7. Sharon

    Do tell…. how exorbitant was the tab????????

  8. Roz Stendahl

    Danny, the photos are great. I can’t get over the sky. And the view. It’s incredible.

  9. Seth Apter

    123?! That is amazing…and almost beyond comprehension. Thanks for the view.

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