Watch a Daredevil Free-Climb Dubai’s Tallest Residential Building
Next time you’re in Dubai, be sure not to try this. In what may be his boldest free-climb yet, British daredevil James Kingston scaled the world’s tallest residential building—which looms almost 1,500 feet over Dubai’s skyline.
“It took me about an hour and a half to get to the roof of the building, using the crane to get up the first 50 meters or so. It was then about an hour of stairs while trying not to die of dehydration,” Kingston explained in the video description he posted on YouTube page. The residential tower was the tallest structure that Kingston has climbed (so far), a feat made even more daunting by the fact that once Kingston hit the roof, he decided to climb out on the crane arm that sat on top of the building, as well. At least he didn’t hang off of the crane one-handed like he did in this video.
Because his stunt wasn’t exactly authorized, Kingston made the 105-story ascent in the middle of the night, reaching the top just as the sun was rising. To celebrate his daring climb, in the video Kingston said he planned to enjoy the impressive view for as long as possible. “[I’m going] to play around up here as long as I can before I get caught,” he said.
He had certainly earned the impressive view of pre-dawn Dubai. “I stayed there for about 10 minutes taking in the view and watching the sun creep over the dusty horizon,” Kingston wrote. This isn’t Kingston’s first time climbing up a landmark. Just a few months ago, he climbed up the Eiffel Tower without any safety equipment.