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7DAYS catch up with drone enthusiasts who filmed Dubai from above.

Atlantis Hotel filmed by Team Black Sheep's drone

A team of tech enthusiasts shot the ultimate holiday video footage during a visit to Dubai, including a view of the emirate from above the Burj Khalifa.

Team Black Sheep, a Hong Kong-based hobbyist group, took an aerial video of Dubai's iconic cityscapeusing their remote-control drones. Their two-minute clip, which captures a rare view of the emirate, has become a hit online.

The TBS team deployed their powerful long-range Discovery drone into the Dubai sky, where it flew over scenic locations such as Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and the World islands, and -- most impressively -- the very tip of the Burj Khalifa.

Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel filmed by Team Black Sheep's drone

"We came to Dubai to visit friends. Whenever we go on holiday somewhere we make sure to bring along our toys," said Raphael Pirker, director of TBS. The toys Raphael speaks of aren't child's play -- they are aerial drones that function like remote-control aeroplanes with video cameras attached to them. While the average drone can go up to 50m, TBS's own manipulated model reaches an impressive range of up to 3km.

The drone flew directly above Burj Khalifa's antenna, 828m above ground giving a breathtaking view of the world's tallest building and all below.

"Getting up there was quite easy, because there's only one way up," said Raphael. "Getting down and finding the place where you took off from is quite difficult because it was an unfamiliar area for us. We spent some time trying to locate the area we took off from, double checked with Google Earth, and set up to land. What you see on the video is also what we saw while flying the drones."



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Raphael and his team are certainly no strangers to controversy. In 2011, the US Federal Aviation Administration sued them for using drones to film a promotional video. The case was taken to court, although TBS won the case in March. As far as Dubai goes, Raphael is confident that he hasn't broken any rules with his aerial footage of the city. "We checked the local laws and asked our friends here, and as far as we know there is no law against it in Dubai," the Austrian entrepreneur told 7DAYS.

He added: "I really love Dubai. I've actually been there many times before. The sights we saw were absolutely amazing. We just had to film them." Team Black Sheep have been active for eight years, filming their daredevil drone adventures in more than 30 countries.

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Date:May 20, 2014
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