Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southernIndiais the cult hero ofDubai's army of construction workers. Known as the "Indian on the top of the world", Babu is the crane operator at the world's tallest building, the 819-metre Burj Dubai. His office, the cramped crane cab perched on top of the Burj, is also his home? Apparently it takes too long to come down to the ground each day to make it worthwhile. When the building is completed, its elevators will be the world's fastest.
Stories about his daily dalliance with death are discussed in revered terms by Dubais workers. Some say he has been up there for more than a year, others whisper that he's paid 30,000 dirhams ($8,168) a month compared to the average wage of 800 dirhams a month.