The night of the inauguration of the Burj Khalifa was an unforgettable day. Me and another friend of mine (who was visiting Dubai at that time) were lucky to get the best seats in the house that day, by sneaking pass the doorman to get access to the rooftop of the Souk Al Bahar. Having said that, we didn’t know what the consequences would be for doing so.
Anyways, by the time we got access to the exclusive rooftop right before sunset, I was blessed to witness the most amazing views from that perspective. One of the shots is the one you see below. I bet any photographer would die to get this perspective with the crystal clear blue water in the foreground coupled with the evening sunset.
After spending an hour on the top, we heard someone come up the ladder we came up from and it turned out to be one of the Special Services men of Sheikh Muhammad, The Ruler of Dubai. We knew were busted. LOL
We were taken away into the security quarters where we were yelled at and questioned heavily as to what the F**k were we doing there and how did we get up there. I had to show them proof time and again that we were just up there to take pictures and that is all! The worse case scenario they told us that we were going to be in jail for couple of days or might even get deported but thankfully we got lucky as my family was there too to witness the inauguration as well.
That was the best and the worst experience my friend had who just landed in Dubai a day before. Hahaha! After the security let us free, we headed out to see the firework display and I welcomed my friend again by saying, “Welcome to Dubai!”