Lonely Planet Writer

Watch aerial footage from 18 amazing locations on 5 continents

If you don’t have time to see a new destination from the ground – check out some new places from above in drone-shot videos that capture amazing views of Germany, Japan, South Africa, Brazil and more.

Germany.
Germany. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

Emirates airline and plane manufacturer Boeing partnered to produce videos from 18 different places on five continents – and the companies say it is one of the largest aerial filming projects ever conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

Netherlands.
Netherlands. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

The videos are collected on a website, called View from Above, where visitors can spin the globe and check out a few minutes of video footage from each location.

United Arab Emirates.
United Arab Emirates. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

The dramatic footage takes travellers on a virtual tour through the countries, flying behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taking a dizzying soar over tulip fields in the Netherlands and hovering above South Africa’s Table Mountain.

Ireland.
Ireland. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

The drones allowed access to aerial views that would not be possible using a helicopter, says Emirates, capturing rice fields in Vietnam, flying between mountain crevices in Norway, and hovering beside cherry blossoms in Japan. In Rio, the drones hover above Maracanã Stadium to show off the iconic football arena.

Brazil.
Brazil. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

The areas featured in the films represent some of Emirates major destinations, as well as the company’s home base of Dubai. One video also features Boeing’s hometown of Seattle.

Japan.
Japan. Image by View from Above – Emirates and Boeing

The filming required 13 qualified drone pilots from around the world.

Check out the website and videos here.