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Emirates release spectacular behind-the-scenes of viral Burj Khalifa video

The advertisement for the Expo 2020 Dubai A380 flypast around Burj and Expo site took months of planning…reports Asian Lite News

The Dubai Emirates advertisement for Expo 2020 has received so much appreciation from people across the world, it had led the company to release its behind-the-scenes footage.

In the video, the carefully choreographed flypast involved the A380 flying at an altitude of only 2,700 feet, the exact height of Burj Khalifa. And the behind-the-scenes footage shows the planning, execution, and safety protocols that went into making it. It also shows stuntwoman and skydiver Nicole Smith-Ludvio preparing for the amazing stunt.

Nicole Smith Ludvik on top Burj Khalifa (Credit: Nicole Smith Ludvik Instagram)

For the shoot, the aircraft flew at a speed of 145 knots, while the average speed of an A380 is around 480 knots. But because of the low speed, the aircraft could efficiently fly around the Burj Khalifa, said the company. The aircraft flew 11 times in total, to get the expected shot for the advertisement.

During the planning of the advertisement, Emirates pilots, Flight Operation teams, Air Traffic Controllers, helicopter pilots, drone operators, and the filming teams, the Emirates marketing team, the Emaar team, regulatory teams as well as the UAE GCAA and DCAA discussed and worked closely every aspect and detail of the project. It included discussions around the risk factors, air traffic, areas overflown, and even an estimate of the potential of wind and weather conditions.

The pilots were also trained multiple times in A380 to ensure every visual reference point was covered and tested and every aspect was checked in prior.

In addition, the team closely liaised with Dubai ATC to ensure that all activity was protected by blocking the airspace through a Temporary Restricted Area during all of its holding patterns.

Dubai Expo A380 (Credit: Nicole Smith Ludvik Instagram)

The filming was conducted on October 13 and 14, 2021, and the timings of the flights were scheduled outside of the peak departures window at Dubai International as a further measure to reduce any risk.

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The campaign will run in 12 languages, debuting across 19 countries covering TV, cinema, social and digital platforms. The advertisement is part of a wider USD 20 million commitment Emirates has made to build awareness and to attract more visits to Dubai Expo 2020 Dubai.

The airline has also promoted Expo 2020 Dubai, running until March 31, 2022, through several campaigns, including complimentary day passes for every ticket booked, earning Skywards Miles for time spent in Dubai during the Expo period, early-bird discounts, family and SME offers, amongst other special promotions.

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Package starts at AED 599 for two adults and two children, with the option to add signature experiences for even more unforgettable memories…reports Asian Lite News

Inside Burj Al Arab – the brand-new hotel tour from Jumeirah Group – has launched an exclusive family package just in time for the festive season, inviting visitors and residents both young and old to experience the wonders of Dubai’s icon first-hand through an intriguing journey of discovery.


Currently available for purchase on, the new package starts from AED 599 for two adults and two children. Guests also have the option to upgrade their tour to sample Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s infamous mixology. For AED 750, end your tour by soaking up shimmering views of the clear azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and stunning sunsets from new outdoor lounge, UMA, created exclusively for Inside Burj Al Arab guests.

From mesmerising views to fun learning opportunities and countless Instagrammable moments, there are a whole host of memorable and interactive experiences for the entire family just waiting to be shared. Your Royal Suite butler is ready to open the doors on a burst of colour, rich fabrics and a host of stories and snippets to share with your family.  With two floors dedicated to delivering a one-of-a-kind family outing, guests of all ages can truly immerse themselves in its magic through a series of interactive encounters including virtual reality displays, exciting video content showcasing key celebrity stunts, and a digital aquarium providing close-up experiences with some of the hotel’s more exotic inhabitants.


The Inside Burj Al Arab hotel tour has been specially curated for up to 12 visitors, with butler-guided groups setting off every 15 minutes from 9.30am to 8.30pm daily.

Book your visit in advance online at or directly from the Ticketing Office and Welcome Lounge located at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. In the meantime, stay connected via social media and don’t forget to tag #InsideBurjAlArab in your posts.

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Dubai Lights Up For Diwali

The city also saw spectacular fireworks displays in the backdrop of the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, which was inaugurated last month, and also at other iconic spots including Burj Khalifa…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai led the annual Diwali celebrations in UAE along with the Indian communities with colourful events to mark the Festival of Lights.

The city came alive with a series of spectacular displays at the iconic Burj Khalifa accompanied by Dubai fountain show; a tailor-made show at Expo 2020’s Al Wasl Plaza and Diwali-focussed performances as well as shows at Global Village, the Khaleej Times reported.


The city also saw spectacular fireworks displays in the backdrop of the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, and also at Dubai Festival City.

Supermarkets, restaurants and residential communities glittered with lamps and festive lights to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, shared Diwali greetings on Friday.

Sheikh Mohamed greeted all those celebrating Diwali in the UAE and across the world.

In a tweet on his official handle, Sheikh Mohamed said: “Our nation congratulates all those celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, both in the UAE and across the world. We wish them continued peace, prosperity and good health.”

Meanwhile, Expo 2020 Dubai also offered a colourful bouquet of more than a dozen events for visitors in the run up to and on Diwali.

Al Wasl Plaza at Expo 2020 Dubai mesmerised viewers with special Diwali-inspired projections inside its large 360-degree projection surface on Thursday, the Diwali night. Parallel performances by several bands and musical troupes at the Jubilee Stage and the Millennium Amphitheatre made the occasion memorable.

Several of the events were available for global viewing through Expo 2020 Dubai platforms and will be picked up by television and digital media worldwide through the courtesy of Expo Media Services. Diwali, India’s biggest festival, is celebrated nationwide and among the Indian diaspora in the Gulf and elsewhere.

The celebrations kicked off two nights prior, on 2nd November, at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Millennium Amphitheatre with a performance by “Rooh”, a Dubai-based band. Rooh fuses music across three languages – Arabic, English and Hindi. The band has won numerous awards, including the Best Asian Band by Masala Awards.

There were also live events and performances at multiple venues to mark Dhanteras, considered auspicious in Indian communities, when they decorate and illuminate their houses in colourful lights. Indian cuisine is a highlight of Dhantera observances, which symbolise love, happiness and creation of wealth. Such events will continue on the eve of Diwali.

The Diwali celebrations will conclude at the Millennium Amphitheatre on the night of 5th November.

Meanwhile, the India Pavilion is welcoming the visitors with a grand entrance arch designed with floral patterns. On both sides of the arch the Pavilion has larger-than-life diyas (oil lamps traditionally made of clay) with a backdrop inspired by Mandala art. Diyas symbolically destroy darkness and ignorance and usher in hope and knowledge.

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Along the walls of the pavilion, a large lotus tree with hanging Akash kandils (light lanterns) will illuminate the surroundings. The lotus tree with rangoli patterns will be a beautiful photo-opportunity for visitors.

The pavilion said it will also have a delightful hamper of larger-than-life firecrackers, including the familiar chakris, ladis and ‘rockets’. Visitors could pose in front of these giant crackers and click pictures.

The events organised by India Pavilion will also be held at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre (DMA) at the Expo 2020 Dubai until November 5.

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Team India’s new jersey displayed at Burj Khalifa

The new jersey, unveiled ahead of the men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, features soundwaves designs inspired from the cheers of the fans…reports Asian Lite News

Team India’s new jersey displayed at Burj Khalifa

A couple of hours after its launch, the new jersey of the Indian cricket team was showcased in a scintillating light show on Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, in Dubai. MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor for the Indian cricket team, posted the video of the light show at the Burj Khalifa with the new jersey late on Wednesday night.

“For the first time ever, a Team India Jersey lit up the @BurjKhalifa. The #BillionCheersJersey inspired by the cheers of a billion fans reached new heights, quite literally. Are you ready to #ShowYourGame and back Team India?” tweeted the MPL Sports on Thursday.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also shared the video on its Twitter handle, reading as “The Team India World Cup jersey unveil gets bigger and better with a projection on the iconic Burj Khalifa. Watch the historic moment here!”

The new jersey, unveiled ahead of the men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, features soundwaves designs inspired from the cheers of the fans. During the show, larger-than-life renditions of captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah in the new jersey.

India will kick off their men’s T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan in a Group 2 match of Super 12 on October 24 in the Dubai International Stadium.

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‘Stay strong India’, Burj lights up to showcase support

India has been reeling under the deadly second wave of COVID-19. The country on Sunday recorded 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic broke out last year.

It is great to see the support and care that countries around the globe offer to India during this dark stage of pandemic and its management. Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up with the tricolour to showcase support in India’s fight against the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.In a tweet on Sunday, the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi on Sunday tweeted a 17-second video of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, displaying the Indian flag and #staystrongIndia. With a total height of 829.8 m and a roof height of 828 m, Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai, is the tallest structure and building in the world.

“As #India battles the gruesome war against #COVID19, its friend #UAE sends its best wishes @BurjKhalifa in #Dubai lits up in to showcase its support,” the Indian embassy tweeted.
India has been reeling under the deadly second wave of COVID-19. The country on Sunday recorded 3,49,691 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic broke out last year.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the country has recorded 2,767 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The worsening COVID-19 situation has seen a surge in the demand for medical oxygen and beds for the COVID-19 patients and many states are reporting an acute shortage of essential medical supplies.
Availability of oxygen is a key element in the treatment of certain medical conditions in the COVID infection.

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