Dubai was a pleasant surprise. I found a city glossing over a severe lack of historic sights with a warm welcome and an enthusiastic, can-do attitude.
I’ve just finished directing the next instalment of the My City series for BBC World News TV and BBC Travel.
Shooting on the helipad of Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai, a photo by peprice on Flickr.
Our presenter Nima Abu-Wardeh is based in Dubai for the BBC’s Middle East Business Report. For one entertaining week she was our guide as we lived the highlife.
We watched the sunset from the Burj Al Arab hotel’s iconic helipad, climbed the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and cheered on the runners and riders of the world’s richest horserace – the winner of which is showered with an obscene $10m.
Standing in the way of the view from the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, Dubai, a photo by peprice on Flickr.
You’ll be pleased to know that we stopped ogling the world’s superlative constructions just long enough to shoot some TV. I’m looking forward to the edit and being able to share our once-in-a-lifetime adventure with you all.
My City – Dubai will air on BBC World News TV in June 2013.
Derrick leaving the heliport at Burj Al Arab – James Bond style, a photo by peprice on Flickr.