Dubai: To celebrate Thursday's digital release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two Jedi performers ascended to new heights to engage in an epic lightsaber challenge on the 152nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai City — the world’s tallest building.
The last installment of the Star Wars franchise is available to download from iTunes and broadcaster OSN.
Captured on video by an aerial film crew, the two Jedi performers practised a series of complex lightsaber battle moves at a height of over 550m above sea level, while the sun set over Dubai.
Didier Vannest of The Walt Disney Company, MENA said: “The Middle East has a strong connection with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Abu Dhabi featuring as the location for desert planet Jakku. An epic lightsaber challenge at the top of the iconic Burj Khalifa is a fitting way to celebrate the movie’s release on DVD and digital platforms.”
The record-breaking release in December 2015 achieved the highest grossing global opening weekend of all time ($528.967M), surpassing $1B in a record 12 days and became the top grossing film of all time in the US, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of Avatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release.
With assistance from twofour54 and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, filming for the movie took place in the Emirate in May 2014 with over 650 crew working across two locations. Abu Dhabi is the location used for Jakku, a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories.
As well as becoming the highest grossing film of all time in the US and crossing the $800m mark at the international box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken a further series of box office records since its global debut on 16 December 2015.