James Kingston, 25, who posts videos of his daring climbs on Youtube channel, is probably known in the UK for climbing Wembley Stadium last year – but has previously climbed structures in various UK cities as well as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and other European landmarks.
But now he’s back in Dubai and, undeterred by his first arrest by local police in 2014, has scaled a crane without any safety harnesses in a real estate development still under construction called Marina 101, according to local reports and has broken his own record for heights.
Narrating the video he says: ”Marina 101… This is by far the tallest structure I”ve climbed so far… I later found out that it”s the tallest residential building in the world. Crazy, huh?”
Kingston had previously climbed Dubai”s 413-metre Princess Tower in Dubai in 2014, which provoked local police to put the cuffs on him when he came down.
Amazingly, the British daredevil scales the crane which he calmly says on camera is “covered in grease” as he walks along its struts. The Marina 101 is a 101-floor, 425-metre skyscraper currently under construction in the Dubai Marina.
The crane he scaled rises to around 450 metres and he found himself in a tricky situation at one point as the crane buzzed into life, when an operator started his work from its cabin. Cool-headed Kingston was hardly phased by it though.
He said afterwards: ”It took me about an hour and a half to get to the roof of the building using the crane to get up the first 50 meters or so.
“I came across a few workers on the way up who wished me a good day and shook my hand. The workers in Dubai seem to mostly be from India and are some of the nicest people I”ve ever met.
“People see the videos and think it looks dangerous, but what they don’t see is the years of practice that go into my stunts.
“I trained and trained to be able to do what I do. I’ve trained the danger out of the situation.
“For 99 per cent of the population, hanging off a building would be dangerous, but I’m skilled at it. And I’m very safety conscious. You either do it right or you don’t do it at all.”
He also revealed that a surprising fear drives him to scale tall buildings.
Kingston added: “I tried to think: what scares me? The answer was being high up. I moved up from there.
“I used to be completely terrified of heights, but the more you do something, the easier it gets. It’s simple human nature.”
In June of last year, Express.co.uk reported on Kingston standing on top of Wembley stadium’s arch. The renowned stuntman, whose YouTube videos have more than 11 million views, climbed to the top of the UK landmark before stepping out at the tallest point of the arch, 425ft above the pitch.
Kingston said: “It’s such an iconic landmark.
“I’ve stood on the top of buildings and structures all over the world but I’ve never felt more on top of the world than on top of Wembley arch today.”
Footage of the stunt was beamed live from a camera attached to his head and additional cameras on to the arch.
The adrenaline junkie even had time to take a selfie, posting pictures of himself standing atop the stadium.