French ‘spiderman’ climbing world`s tallest tower

Alain Robert began his climb up the 2,717 foot-tall (828 meter) Burj Khalifa.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 20:10 PM IST

Dubai: A French skyscraper climber who calls himself "Spiderman" is starting to pull his way up the side of the world`s tallest tower in Dubai.

Alain Robert began his climb up the 2,717 foot-tall (828 meter) Burj Khalifa on Monday just before the sunset.

The 48-year-old daredevil says he expects the climb to take about six or seven hours to complete.

Unlike on many previous climbs, Robert will use a rope and harness to comply with organizers` requirements in the Gulf sheikdom.

The tapering metal and glass Burj Khalifa opened in January last year. Its owner says it has 160 habitable stories.

Bureau Report