`French Spiderman` takes on world`s tallest tower

Alain Robert now has his sights set on the world`s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

Dubai: After scaling the Eiffel Tower in
Paris and Sydney Opera House, the "French Spiderman" now has
his sights set on the world`s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in
the cosmopolitan Gulf emirate of Dubai.

Alain Robert, 48, is due Monday to climb the exterior
of the skyscraper which stands 828-metres, as part of an
"Education Without Borders" conference for which it is being
used as a venue, organisers said.

The climber, whose nickname comes from wearing the
outfit of the fictional superhero while scaling the tallest of
the tall around the globe, usually works without a safety
harness, relying on bare hands and sturdy footing.

In Dubai, however, he will resort to a rope and
harness, organisers said.

"The problem in Dubai is the hot weather (of) up to 40
degrees (Celsius, 104 Fahrenheit)," he said back in January
2010 when he announced his ambition to step up to the
challenge.

"My biggest fear is to waste my time on earth. For me,
climbing is as important as eating and breathing. Climbing
skyscrapers is my lifetime love and passion," he said.

Robert has climbed more than 100 of the world`s
tallest buildings, including the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala
Lumpur, Sears Tower in the US city of Chicago and the
88-storey Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, China.

A Malaysian court fined Robert after he scrambled up
the Petronas Twin Towers, which also has 88 floors, in
September 2009 with his bare hands in less than two hours.

PTI