You could say that Zohaib Anjum is a bit of a modern Benjamin Franklin.
While one of the American founding fathers tried to capture lightning from a bottle, the Dubai photographer embarked on his own difficult feat – capturing the moment when lightning struck the tallest building in the world.
On Friday, as the storm worsened, Mr. Anjum rushed to pack his photo bag. Born and raised in the emirate, the Pakistani went to his favorite place under an overflight near the Ras Al Khor sanctuary in Dubai.
“I often came here to take the photo, but there was always a problem. Sometimes lightning fell on one side of the tower and sometimes on the other side, “said Anjum.
“It would never touch [the] Burj Khalifa.”
Anjum, who works as a photographer with a real estate company in Dubai, spent seven years waiting for the perfect photo.
In the past, he had spent whole nights camping with his camera every time it rained in the emirate.
But this Friday, he was not only lucky, but he also did his homework.
“The weather apps alerted us that a huge storm was going to hit several parts of Dubai. So I had already checked the direction of the storm. Basically it came from the coastal area, from behind [Burj Khalifa]… I knew the storm would pass over the roofs of Dubai,”said Anjum.
“Immediately after catching the shot, I bowed to the ground, thanking God.”