Film and music superstar Will Smith has explained why Dubai, along with Miami, is one of his favourite cities in the world.
The 47-year-old Hollywood star, who was in the emirate to promote his new film Suicide Squad, told a press conference that he has always been impressed with the pace at which Dubai has developed.
“I came to Dubai for the first time about 15 years ago and I came during a time that 40% of all the world’s cranes were in Dubai and the entire skyline was cranes,” said Smith.
“I’ve referred to it as ‘Dubai dreams the way I dream’. When I landed I said that’s how I would build a city if I was making a city. It really flows with who I am, for some reason. You never know why a city speaks to you. My two favourite cities in the world are Miami and Dubai."
He said he loves the energy of progress, the vision that the royal family has for the city and how the design and the ideas come together, that culminate in Dubai trying to have the best in whatever it builds.
“Everything wants to be the best in the world and I love that energy,” he said.
He singled out Skydive Dubai as his favourite activity to do when he comes to the city.
“I brought my kids here and we jumped together,” Smith said. “I’ve jumped about five times, so that’s hands down my favourite.”