Some Dubai residents woke up to a familiar sight early Friday morning: Flames engulfing an enormous skyscraper. In fact, the fire that spanned 50 of the 86 stories of the massive Torch Tower was all too familiar. The same skyscraper burned in 2015, and the causes appear to be related.
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Video: Last night an Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 crash landed in Dubai for reasons unknown. There were no fatalities during the incident in spite of the plane's front half being engulfed in flames. Now video has surfaced from inside flight EK521, and it looks like hell on Earth.
Emirates Airlines flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram, India crash landed at Dubai International Airport earlier last night, the BBC reports. Amateur video shows the landing gear of the Boeing 777 did not deploy before the nose erupted in flames. The cause of the crash has not yet been established.
Video: Dubai is equal parts engineering marvel and rich person playground. It's where drones race pricey supercars and skateboarders rent out and drain entire waterparks for their amusement. It's also where BASE jumpers Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert shot themselves 100m into the air just for the hell of it.
It sounds like the plot of a winter blockbuster, but the United Arab Emirates is apparently quite serious about building a mountain to increase rainfall in the region. Would it work? Probably. But instead of launching an infrastructure project where a very rich country attempts to dig its way out of a drought, the UAE needs to get serious about conserving its water.
Video: Flying a drone over Dubai? It's been done. Flying as a jetman all across the most famous buildings of Dubai? That too, has been done. It speaks to how nutty and batshit stunts have become (and how accessible it is for us to watch such nutty stunts) that normal nutty and batshit stunts can't be done anymore because well, they have been done. Here's something new though: Team Blacksheep flew a FPV Racer drone straight down the skyscrapers of Dubai. It feels like you're falling down to the ground (as opposed to just seeing majestic aerial views).
Video: On New Year's Eve, the 63-storey Address hotel in Dubai caught on fire. It was a scary sight made worse as the back drop to the fire was the Burj Khalifa (and Dubai's New Year celebration). The entire skyscraper seemed to be burning! But thankfully only 14 people suffered injuries. This time lapse by Kirill Neiezhmakov shows the skyscraper on fire in incredible detail. It's such a jarring visual, the recognisable Dubai skyline engulfed in fire and dark smoke.
Fighting a fire in a towering skyscraper poses unique challenges for both the equipment and the firefighters. That's why the fire departments of large cities have dedicated high-rise units — but Dubai wants to do one better by equipping its firefighters with jetpacks.
This is behind the scenes footage from some commercial that Hyundai shot that basically toured the world. I have no idea what the final commercial looks like and I don't really care because I'm totally obsessed with this truly spectacular footage they got of cities around the world from the vantage point of a helicopter.
Video: Watch as Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet, take their crazy jetpacks to the skies of Dubai and tour the city like Superman would. It's unbelievable every time I see them soar through the air like fighter jets, busting moves and tricks that only stunt planes dare to try. Except they're not in a plane and they aren't Superman, they're humans with jetpacks strapped to their backs.
The Princess Tower is 413 metres high and currently the world's tallest residential building and the second tallest building in Dubai. It is huge. So obviously when the building opened up their roof to base jump off of, 558 awesomely crazy daredevils joined up and pulled off all sort of crazy jumps. It's like fear doesn't exist.