Dubai Hub




Check Out This Stunning Bird's-Eye View of An Eagle Descending From World's Tallest Building: VIDEO

Eagle

Some incredible footage from Dubai yesterday is helping raise awareness of the plight of endangered birds, NBC News reports:

The bird's-eye view was recorded when Darshan the eagle flew from the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, swooping 2,722 feet down to his trainer on the ground. It was the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure ever, and was broadcast live on BBC News.

Darshan was equipped with a tiny Sony Action Cam Mini for his big expedition. The flight was organized by the Freedom Conservation group to raise awareness for endangered birds of prey and encourage conservation; in the past, the group has recorded eagles taking off from landmarks across Europe, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

BBC adds:

Darshan has been trained by falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers from a breeding facility in Thonon, France.

After guiding the bird down he described the flight "as perfect."

Freedom Conservation hope that the flight will be a symbol that humans and nature can live together.

"This eagle is a signal that things can change. It was once endangered, but after conservation programmes it is not so endangered," the Director of Freedom Conservation Ronald Menzel told the BBC, which was given exclusive access to the live video stream.

Watch the full descent and a BBC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Check Out This Stunning Bird's-Eye View of An Eagle Descending From World's Tallest Building: VIDEO" »


Watch Two Daredevils' Jaw-Dropping BASE Jump from World’s Tallest Building: VIDEO

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 10.27.38 AM

Skydivers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new Guinness World Record this week when the two adrenaline junkies jumped off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world.

The building stands 2,700 feet tall, nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. My blood pressure went up a bit just watching this video. Absolutely stunning.

Check it out, AFTER THE (BASE) JUMP

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 10.28.24 AM

Continue reading "Watch Two Daredevils' Jaw-Dropping BASE Jump from World’s Tallest Building: VIDEO" »


Male Hugger Attacks Justin Bieber on Stage, Topples Piano: VIDEO

Bieber

An enthusiastic male fan made it on stage at a Justin Bieber concert last night in Dubai, managing to hug the singer before security guards tackled him, toppling a piano in the process.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Male Hugger Attacks Justin Bieber on Stage, Topples Piano: VIDEO" »


World's Tallest Building Burj Khalifa Creaks During Wind Storm: VIDEO

Burj

The uploader, an inhabitant of Dubai's massive Burj Khalifa tower, writes:

This almost spooky noise occurred for a few minutes during the strongest winds. As much as people like to think large skyscrapers rock back and forth a lot and make you sea sick - you actually couldn't feel a thing. Only this calm peaceful noise of the tower handling the winds.

Peaceful? Eh. Eerie? Definitely.

Watch and listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gizmodo)

Continue reading "World's Tallest Building Burj Khalifa Creaks During Wind Storm: VIDEO" »


British, Seychelles Nationals In Dubai Sentenced To 3-Years For Public Gay Sex

ThePalmA British and a Seychelles national have both been sentenced to three years in prison after being arrested for an out-of-doors romp last year.

From Gay Star News:

A 28-year-old British male teacher, identified only by his initials PA, admitted to having consensual gay sex with MB, a 40-year-old man from the Seychelles, next to a petrol station in February 2011.

The pair were said to have been drunk after a birthday celebration for one of them after which they stopped by a tree next to the petrol station for sex.
A man parked behind the petrol station witnessed the two men and reported them to police.
...
During a court hearing in March this year (2012) they both admitted to having consensual sex and consuming alcohol. Each was sentenced to three years in jail and both will be deported after serving their prison terms.

On a related note, two Bangladeshi men were sentenced to six months in jail and deportation after having sex in a public bathroom. In case you didn't figure it out, same-sex sex is prohibited in Dubai.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1064

VICTORIA JACKSON: Takes on lesbian author Ellen Ratkin at CPAC.

IMPRISONED PUTIN: Fake video of jailed Russian PM going viral.

DUBAI: An aquatic tribute to Whitney Houston.

REVERSE THINGS: Going backwards.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged