The Grand Tour comes to a spectacular finale in Dubai. We find out what Clarkson, Hammond and May got up to on their recent trip to the Emirate…
After an epic year-long journey around the world for the first season of the new Amazon Original Series, The Grand Tour, it’s fitting that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May chose Dubai – a city famous for its car culture – as the location for the final leg of the series.
The programme has seen the trio travel far and wide, from the wilds of Johannesburg’s Cradle of Humankind nature reserve (Episode 2) and the freezing forests of Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland (Episode 6), to the Californian desert (Episode 1) and the rather more serene surroundings of the UK’s North Yorkshire port town of Whitby (Episodes 3 and 4) – all with the show’s giant tented mobile studio in tow.
For the final stop on this grandest of grand tours, the impressive tent was pitched at the base of the Burj Khalifa during filming in December 2016. Clarkson, Hammond and May certainly made the most of their time in Dubai. A key feature of the episode shows the recently discontinued Bugatti Veyron taking part in a drag race through the streets of Dubai against the current hypercar speed champion, the Porsche 918 Spyder. In true Dubai style, the Porsche was then outdone by a one-of-a-kind supercharged 1900bhp Nissan Patrol.
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A Grand Tour takeover of the Burj Khalifa
Clarkson, Hammond and May don’t tend to go anywhere quietly, and they certainly didn’t change that approach when filming in Dubai. Not only did the crew pitch their large mobile studio at the base of the Burj Khalifa, but they also took over the building itself, with the three men’s faces projected onto the tower’s massive screens for all to see.
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