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January 20, 2005 9:21 AM   Subscribe

Tiger Woods in Dubai shagging drivers off the top of the Burj Al-Arab.
posted by jonson (26 comments total)

 
That's pretty impressive. Nice find.
posted by furtive at 9:26 AM on January 20, 2005


Wow. I assume he's hitting them into the ocean... a wicked slice could be lethal to some unlucky fool. Or camel.
posted by brheavy at 9:30 AM on January 20, 2005


Cool pics. I've been on a Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 bender the past few days, so thanks for this!
posted by greasy_skillet at 9:30 AM on January 20, 2005


More on the Burj Al Arab Hotel. It's over a thousand feet tall, with a huge atrium, luxury suites with butlers, and an underwater restaurant accessible by submarine. Par for the course in the UAE.
posted by brownpau at 9:33 AM on January 20, 2005


Very cool.
posted by rushmc at 9:39 AM on January 20, 2005


Oil has been very very good to the UAE.
posted by gwint at 9:41 AM on January 20, 2005


Cool.
posted by scottq at 9:41 AM on January 20, 2005


Oil has been very very good to the UAE.

No kidding. My co-workers and I were trying to figure out how we could move there. There must be a fortune to be made, if they've got billions to spend on developing man made floating islands.
posted by jonson at 9:43 AM on January 20, 2005


Par for the course in the UAE.

What are you *driving* at?
posted by interrupt at 9:44 AM on January 20, 2005


I have a feeling we'll be seeing these shots in a Nike commercial in the coming weeks.

Very cool though. I'd give anything to be able to stand where he's standing.
posted by bondcliff at 9:49 AM on January 20, 2005


a wicked slice could be lethal to some unlucky fool. Or camel

or whale
posted by mr.marx at 9:50 AM on January 20, 2005


Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Drive for show, putt for dough.
posted by eriko at 9:58 AM on January 20, 2005


One of these pics showed up on Boing-Boing last year. At the time someone had made a page showing a few pics out of context, claiming this was actually the first hole of some crazy modern golf tournament.

As someone with a fear of being unsecured in high places I find thses pictures make me very uncomfortable, even with the net around the edge of the helipad.
posted by KS at 10:30 AM on January 20, 2005


we'll be seeing these shots in a Nike commercial in the coming weeks.

somebody made a commercial already of it. I can't remember who it was -- UAE tourism office, one of Woods' many corporate sponsors, I don't remember. but I've already seen a commercial with that -- admittedly very impressing -- footage
posted by matteo at 10:40 AM on January 20, 2005


Sort of a double post....and he had other cool pictures of Dubai too
posted by rooftop secrets at 10:53 AM on January 20, 2005


photoshopped
posted by bradknapp at 10:55 AM on January 20, 2005


Note to "brheavy":

If you track the line of his stance with the "H" he's standing in, he's actually whapping them out parallel to the shoreline, so they're landing either in the ocean or on a really ticked-off osprey.

On another note, if you get the chance to see the Discovery Channel's "Frontiers of Construction" episode about the building of this hotel, it's amazing. The accommodation they had to make to prevent the build-up of INdoor weather because of the height of the atrium, the potentially moisture-collecting sail that drapes one whole side of the building and the temp variation between the air-conditioned interior and the blistering Dubai heat is just one of the many little construction problems they had to address.
posted by Mike D at 11:38 AM on January 20, 2005


I'd have to say that the Burj al-Arab is the most impressive architecture I've seen in awhile. Second, perhaps, to the Millau Bridge in France.

The world needs more feats of modern engineering like these.
posted by salad spork at 12:23 PM on January 20, 2005


I'm with you KS - even though the pad appears to be some 70 feet across I'd still have some irrational fear of being blown right off the damn thing. The first hint of so much as a breeze and I'd curl up on the deck and whimper until someone dragged me off.

A friend of mine had similar experience while on the roof of some Los Angeles skyscraper that had only a three foot wall around the perimeter - the discomfort, that is; not the actual whimpering.
posted by krtzmrk at 12:27 PM on January 20, 2005


Interestingly, the Burj Al-Arab, seen from the sea (a perspective you never, ever see in ads or official photographs), is a giant crucifix. Apparently the architect will never work in the muslim world again. (Can't find a link for this, sorry, but a friend's father is a top-level manager at the hotel.) Favorite piece of luxo trivia about the hotel: you're encouraged to take the towels home, because before you came they embroidered your name on them.
posted by louie at 12:38 PM on January 20, 2005


That's very neat.
posted by The God Complex at 12:55 PM on January 20, 2005


If you like the Burj Al-Arab, just wait until the Burj Dubai goes up. It's going to be the new "world's tallest building", with the final height being kept secret to prevent another project from one-upping them ("haha, my building is 3 meters taller, you lose!").
posted by Potsy at 12:57 PM on January 20, 2005


Tiger Woods in Dubai shagging drivers

I for one was bitterly disappointed not to find slashfic with illustrations that started with Villeneuve and Couldhardt, wearing only silver lame' kilts, showering Woods with cocktail weenies as he slowly turns, his arms uplifted in blessing, resplendent in his Aztec garb.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:59 PM on January 20, 2005


I blame Bush.
posted by Balisong at 3:37 PM on January 20, 2005


Woah. I don't really dig golf but that is nutty.
posted by bdave at 5:09 PM on January 20, 2005


Is Tiger the next Jordan?
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:23 PM on January 20, 2005


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