• Category Archives Dubai 2013
  • Street Scenes from Dubai

    We had the day off for Thanksgiving so we went out to explore the souks. I got to like Dubai a bit more after that trip. There is an original culture here underneath the artificial one the Sheiks have been creating the last 42 years. Tomorrow they celebrate National Day, the day the UAE was created. Apparently, Sheik Zayad was a visionary whose vision of unity is carried on by his son. This is the place to be in the Middle East. I know they love fireworks.

  • From Above

    So last night we worked on hanging props and as we look around from time to time, this is what we see. It's nice being so high up to watch morning's sunrise.

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  • It’s Enormous

    IMG_3579OK. They said this building was big but – my God – they really meant it. It towers over every other huge building here, and there are a lot of them. Buildings are everywhere, and from above it looks like they just planted them randomly as if they fought over spots. "I'm putting mine here." "No, mine's bigger, I want mine here. You move over there." "Well mine's the biggest and I'm going to put fireworks all over it and…"

    No little fireworks show could do this thing justice. It's an enourmous undertaking and the Grucci's thrive on this kind of challenge. So does the crew. We've got miles of wire to run up and down the three faces of this engineering marvel and we're working a night shift. In the end this should be a tremendous show of pyrotechnics.


  • Working With the Grucci’s

    photo 2Never in a million years did I think I would be working on a Grucci show, let alone a really big one like this. But since I am officially a "Freelance Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Expert," I guess I'll get the chance to do more things like this. I wonder if I'll ever use my skills at making fireworks again, to feel the coolness of mixed powders, or soft finish paper? I think so, some day, but for now I'm doing this. I arrived in Dubai yesterday afternoon. After a long but comfortable flight I looked out the window for the first time as we approached our landing and saw the World Islands from above and the Palm Jumeirah. They both looked unreal and small from the plane. We'll see when I get there. For my first time in an Arab country I felt comfortable. There's the word of the day. Riding from the airport to the hotel, meeting the Grucci Guys, settling into the room – comfortable, and even flying halfway across the world with strangers and trying to sleep upright in a tight economy seat in the back of a Boeing 777.

    Tomorrow we head to the Burj Khalifa to get started on an amazing project and I'm feeling pretty…well…comfortable.