For reasons unknown even to me, I haven't been this excited for a movie premier since the 2008 release of Indiana Jones 4. With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol opening this weekend, I've been waiting to write about my trip to Dubai (this past October) and visiting the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
Below: Tom Cruise actually preforming stunts 160 stories in the air at the Burj Khalifa!
If you haven't seen or heard by now, the stunts that took place at the Burj during the filming of MI:4 would make most men cry if they were put in the same situations that Tom Cruise found himself in. But that's why Cruise plays Ethan Hunt and we just watch the movie. I visited the Burj Khalifa not long after filming wrapped up there, and to see it in person makes the stunts from the movie beyond jaw dropping. Never mind that Tom Cruise was swinging by a rope around the outside of the building 130 floors up. At one point he was actually sitting on the top, (the very top!) of the building.
Following are a mix of pictures and video from when I visited and some pictures by others taken during the filming of Mission Impossible 4 at the Burj Khalifa. And yes that is Tom Cruise in all the pictures doing his own stunts!
Below Left: Cruise doing a stunt for MI4 at the Burj. Below Right: Cruise sitting at the very, very top of the Burj Khalifa. If that had been me I would have blacked out. . . which would not have been ideal!
What you need to know:
- For a huge savings on tickets, buy them ahead of time. If you just show up and want immediate entrance the tickets are about $100 USD. If you buy them early for a specific day and time, the tickets are only around $27 USD!
- The Burj Khalifa is located at the Dubai Mall which is the worlds largest mall with 440,000 sq ft. total area. it also has the world's largest acrylic panel Aquarium. Point is, plan to not just visit the Burj Khalifa, but you should spend the entire day there taking in all the amazing sites!
For more information visit the following sites:
Below: Pictures I took from the car as we approched the Burj Khalifa. It towers over all the other buildings in Dubai and can't be believed!
Below: Before going up to the observation deck, you can get all your facts straight with an interactive display filled with information on the world's tallest structure.
Below: You can also see memorabilia from Mission Impossible 4:
Below: An autographed picture of Tom Cruise hanging on the outside of the building while doing a stunt for MI4.
Below: Picture I took from the observation deck. On a clear day you can see out over all of exotic dubai.
Below: Looking down over the edge of the observation deck. The green water is the man made lake around the Burj and the Dubai Mall.
Below Right: A shot of the manmade lake from ground level. Around the lake are some of the world's best restaurants, hotels and residences.
Below: Video I shot while reaching out over the side of the observation deck. Simply amazing!
Below: Autographed clapperboard from the shooting of MI4 in Dubai.