A British free climber recorded the moment he dangled from Dubai‘s tallest crane, more than 1000ft in the air, by just his hand.
Adam Lockwood put on his hardhat and posed as a workman in order to gain access to Dubai’s tallest crane – so he could dangle 1280ft above the city, as seen in this nail-biting video.
At the top of the crane he let himself hang using only his grip and upper-body strength to stop him from falling, in an experience he describes as quite ‘peaceful’.
He carried out the death-defying stunt from the crane on top of the 77-storey residential skyscraper Il Primo, directly next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Adam Lockwood climbed to the very top of a crane connected to the Il Primo skyscraper in Dubai, right next to the Burj Khalifa, and dangled by one hand
The fearless climber showed of the view of the Dubai skyline while more than 1,000 ft in the air
Long way down: The free climber posed as a workman so he could reach the 1280ft summit
The world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, can be seen towering over the building Adam climbed
A frame from the video shows the Manchester man perilously hanging upside down
Dizzying views of the city can be seen below him as he hangs from metal bars, covered in slippery grease, making it even more astonishing that he didn’t plunge to his death.
A fall from this height would have about nine seconds of free fall before reaching the ground.
Adam said: ‘When I first looked at the footage, I was thinking to myself, ‘this is it, this is the most incredible thing I’ve done’.
‘The fact I hung off the tallest crane in Dubai on the doorstep of the world’s tallest building is something special and I feel like it was definitely worth the risk and legal consequences if I was caught.
‘I put a hard hat on to blend in whilst walking past 100 workers and slipped out the back gate without being noticed.
‘Climbing up the jib, I quickly realised the whole crane was covered in grease that I couldn’t even see, at first I thought it was dust from the desert but checking my hands it was grease, feet and hands slipping on everything I touched.
‘I had four close calls whilst climbing up and coming down. I had a few close calls too.’
Nerve-wracking footage of the perilous stunt last week shows Adam hanging by his hands or legs high above Dubai’s busy streets.
But he seems completely unphased by the risks he takes as he calmly moves around the crane without any restraints to prevent him falling.
Adam said hanging off things ‘feels almost peaceful’ despite the enormous drop below
When the 21-year-old reached the crane he realised lots of it was covered in grease
He said he had several close calls with falling off while climbing up and down
Adam, from Manchester, said: ‘Hanging off things doesn’t feel like much, it feels surreal to be suspended that high with no safety, but like all my other hangs, my brain is blank, my heartbeat doesn’t go up, and it feels almost peaceful.
‘It’s something I know I can do and that 99 per cent of the world can’t and never will do, so I feel obliged to use my ability and enjoy doing it in the process.
‘I love seeing things from height, I love having my body suspended hundreds of meters in the sky, I love the challenges of infiltrating secure places to achieve these goals and it’s something that has kept me alive since I started, and I don’t think I can give it up.
‘I slept for the whole day when I got back to my accommodation because I was so tired.’
Though it is not the first crane he has dangled from.
British daredevil Adam Lockwood dangled 600 feet above Benidorm in Spain while totally naked (pictured) in 2020
Adam Lockwood climbing and hanging from the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy
The daredevil, from Manchester, performed five chin-ups off the side of the massive chimney in Croatia
Plomin power station, pictured. Mr Lockwood said: ‘We started the climb at about 2am, so that we could make sure we didn’t run into any workers’
In Spain climbed a 470ft skyscraper in Barcelona – barefoot and waved to shocked crowds below
The teen had to keep stopping to rub chalk on his feet to help his grip as he climbed the ladder-like structure on the outside of the Torre Agbar office block
The crane climb is not the first time that Adam has performed a hair-raising stunt on an iconic world structure.
In April, he dangled from the 262ft San Siro stadium in Milan, and later scaled the famous glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris to take a cheeky selfie.
In 2020 he did pull ups at the end of a beam high up on the 1,115ft (340m)-tall Plomin power station in Croatia.
He has also previously climbed a 470ft skyscraper in Barcelona – barefoot and waved to shocked crowds below.
His stunts have previously got him into trouble when a court banned him from climbing tall buildings, which he later breached and narrowly escaped jail.