- Dennis Mallari found himself stuck on a balcony as flames licked the high-rise hotel
- He posted pleas for help on social media and planned to rappel down the building
- "I prayed. If this is my last chance, then so be it," he tells CNN after being rescued
Dubai (CNN)Photographer Dennis Mallari's assignment to shoot the New Year's Eve fireworks was going fine until his vantage point started to go up in flames.