Last week, Gerald Donovan climbed the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, for a panoramic shot of Dubai. But just when the fearless photographer reached the pinnacle of the tower’s spire, a sandstorm swept over the city state.

“Mission aborted — there’s a storm coming in so we can’t shoot,” Donovan says before strapping on a GoPro camera for some video instead.

The photographer looks around for a while, questions his proximity to the tower’s lightening conductor, assesses his windy predicament at 2,716 feet above the ground, and eventually, decides to climb down.

Let your palms get sweaty as you watch the video, and then check out the 360-degree photo Donovan returned for by clicking the image below.

Burj 360 panorama

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