By Bindu Suresh Rai

It isn’t every day that you meet a man who has a personal runway in his backyard, a Boeing 787 at his disposal and talks with an impish grin when his Dubai checklist includes, of all things, a camel ride.

Hollywood actor John Travolta in Dubai on Monday.
Hollywood actor John Travolta in Dubai on Monday.

Oh, and did we fail to mention that he only has some of Hollywood’s living legends on his speed dial?

Indeed, this is actor John Travolta, an anomaly if you must, in the Hollywood way.

Fulfilling his role as the brand ambassador for Qantas Airways, the actor jetted into Dubai early Monday, with his children and sister, gushing with enthusiasm over his plans to visit “the world’s tallest building”.

Speaking to the press at a packed event in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Travolta confessed that it was his idea to come to Dubai for the brand he has been endorsing for 10 years now.

“When I first heard of the partnership between Emirates and Qantas, I knew this would be the perfect chance to finally visit a city that I have been hearing about for nearly a decade but had yet to visit,” said Travolta.

He continued: “I am what you call an aviation geek and an architectural nut. Coming to Dubai seemed like the perfect amalgamation of the two.”

The ‘Grease’ star, who naturally flew in on a Qantas flight from London Heathrow, will be in Dubai for the next few days, playing tourist as he takes in the emirate’s major landmarks.

When Emirates24|7 quizzed the actor on which landmarks he plans on visiting, Travolta said: “Well, I am definitely looking forward to riding a camel. And, of course, I will take in the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa) and the building in the shape of the sail (Burj Al Arab). I am the tourist, so why don’t you advice me on what I should see?”

Well, we wouldn’t mind him pulling a Tom Cruise and perching himself atop the Burj Khalifa spire, with a Qantas jet flying by.

Talking about his descent into the emirate, the actor said: “Seeing the Dubai skyline as we approached from the plane, there is nothing like it in the world. It’s breathtaking.” More info