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‘UAE is on top of the world after making UK’s amber list’: Fearless

‘UAE is on top of the world after making UK’s amber list’: Fearless ‘airline stewardess’ stands on top of 2,722ft Burj Khalifa to celebrate travel restrictions lifting

  • Skydiver Nicole Smith-Ludvik donned a Fly Emirates uniform for the stunt
  • She stood atop tiny platform on spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai
  • Daredevil advert released to promote travel from the UK to the UAE 
  • Foreign Office added UAE to Amber list on Sunday after months on Red list

A fearless ‘airline stewardess’ has stood on top of the world’s tallest building to promote travel to the UAE after the country was added to the UK’s Amber List.

She even managed to flash a smile as her Fly Emirates uniform fluttered in the breeze atop a tiny platform on the spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.

The ‘stewardess,’ who is in fact skydiver and social media star Nicole Smith-Ludvik, held a series of placards which said: ‘Moving the UAE to the UK Amber List… has made us feel… on top of the world… Fly Emirates …Fly better.’

Dubai holidays for Britons have been on hold since the start of this year but are back on after the Foreign Office moved the UAE off the Red list and onto the Amber on Sunday.

The daredevil 'stewardess' stood atop a tiny platform on the spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai

The daredevil ‘stewardess’ stood atop a tiny platform on the spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai

The fearless skydiver Nicole Smith-Ludvik standing atop the tallest building in the world

The fearless skydiver Nicole Smith-Ludvik standing atop the tallest building in the world

The incredible footage appears to have been filmed by a drone which flies backwards to give a panoramic shot of the Dubai skyline

The incredible footage appears to have been filmed by a drone which flies backwards to give a panoramic shot of the Dubai skyline

She held up variously placards to celebrate the UK moving the UAE to its Amber list

She held up variously placards to celebrate the UK moving the UAE to its Amber list 

The 'stewardess' is in fact skydiver and social media star Nicole Smith-Ludvik

The ‘stewardess’ is in fact skydiver and social media star Nicole Smith-Ludvik

That means fully-vaccinated travellers are able to return from the Emirates without needing to quarantine.

They must, however, take a pre-departure Covid test and a further test on or before their second day in the country.

Emirates Airlines, the flag carrier of the UAE, shared the promotional stunt video today, saying: ‘Reconnect with your loved ones or take a fabulous vacation. From 8th August travel to the UK gets easier.’ 

Daredevil influencer, Ms Smith-Ludvik, said on Instagram: ‘This is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing and exciting stunts I’ve ever done.

‘A big shout out to Emirates Airlines for your creative marketing idea! It was a pleasure being a part of the team!’ 

An Emirates Airlines spokesperson told Gulf Today the filming on top of the tower was real and made possible by a number of local organisations.

The spokesperson confirmed that all safety measures were put in place for the impressive promo shoot.

Bookings for foreign holidays soared over the weekend as the Government announced that it was downgrading the UAE’s risk along with a host of other nations.

Rules for France were further relaxed, while Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were moved to the green list, and Bahrain, India and Qatar to the Amber list along with the UAE.

An Emirates Airlines spokesperson told Gulf Today the filming on top of the tower was real and made possible by a number of local organisations. The spokesperson confirmed that all safety measures were put in place for the impressive promo shoot.

An Emirates Airlines spokesperson told Gulf Today the filming on top of the tower was real and made possible by a number of local organisations. The spokesperson confirmed that all safety measures were put in place for the impressive promo shoot.

The daredevil 'stewardess' stood atop a tiny platform on the spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai

The daredevil ‘stewardess’ stood atop a tiny platform on the spire of the 2,722ft Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai

The updates caused a surge in holiday searches, with Hays Travel, the UK’s largest independent agent, reporting a 193 per cent surge in bookings between Thursday and Friday.  

According to Skyscanner, searches for holidays to Dubai were up 213 per cent, making it the second-most popular search on the comparison website after Spain – which saw a 42% rise in bookings compared with a week ago.

The company said its top destinations are currently Malaga, Palma, Alicante, Tenerife, all in Spain, and then Dubai.

Meanwhile British Airways reported a 260 per cent week-on-week increase in searches for holidays to the south of France.


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