There is so much happening here and so many celebrities visiting that it is hard to keep up.
Tom Cruise is filmed climbing the Burj Khalifa for his new film Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Kim Karadashian opens a milkshake store in Dubai and garners one full week of nauseating never ending media coverage - go figure - Sex in the City takes place in Dubai - ooops - no it was really filmed in Morocco. Oh well, a pleasant afternoon at the races yields an unexpected surprise.
The day was to be a pleasant Friday-after-Thanksgiving afternoon at the races with our friends Perry and Angela Martin. But thanks to “eagle eye” Angela it turns into an exciting introduction to one of my favorite shows – The Amazing Race.
|Photo by Perry Martin|
This is the site of the Dubai World Cup where the prize money tops $10 million dollars and is considered the “richest” race in the world.
“Look, see where those cameras are by the track rail. That’s The "Amazing Race" film crew. The contestants are arriving any moment.” an excited Angela tells me. “Do you think we can go down there?”
Just throw that kind of gauntlet at me and see what happens.
I whip out my press card, reapply my lipstick, grab my camera and off we go. Perry and Roger stand there just shaking their heads and order another drink.
The press card opens all the doors and soon we are right next to the race track in a matter of moments “up close and personal” with the contestants and film crew.
The contestants are an engaging and lively group intent on picking the winner of the next race because then they get their next clue. Oddly enough, they were very curious as to who we are. Of course Angela and I played it up to the hilt.
Enjoy the video.
Just in case you didn’t know . . . The Amazing Race is an American reality show in which couples, of a myriad of coupling descriptions, compete on a world-wide travel adventure overcoming perilous, humorous and arduous challenges to be the winner of a $1 million prize. My daughter Cynthia has always threatened to enter the two of us in this. Perhaps now maybe she will!
Mission Impossible #4: Ghost Protocol . . . opened the Dubai International Film Festival. Tom is so close and yet so far! Roger suggested we go to the opening but alas the tickets would have cost us 6500 dhs - that would be $1771. Needless to say we will wait to catch it in the theaters. However, I will share that I once sat next to Tom at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Hollywood, Florida. During Mass we do a sign of peace with those around us and as I turned to my left - Tom held out his hand. This is really true!