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Tue 29 Mar 2011 09:02 AM

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‘Spiderman’ scales world's tallest building in Dubai

French daredevil Alain Robert took six hours to climb 160-storey Burj Khalifa

‘Spiderman’ scales world's tallest building in Dubai
French climber Alain Robert scales the 828 meter Worlds tallest tower Burj Khalifa in Dubai on March 28, 2011. French Spiderman Robert is world famous for illegally climbing tall buildings across the world. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

A French daredevil urban climber on Monday scaled the world's tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, fighting winds that delayed his ascent for hours.

Alain Robert, 48, who is also known as the French Spiderman, took about six hours to climb the more than 160-storey building, using a rope and harness as required by organisers. [Click here for pictures]

But he said the safety precautions and the attention from a crowd that had gathered to watch made him more nervous.

"Actually there is huge pressure on me because I know that they have installed everything there; this is for me. There is a giant screen, 50m high, 30m long. I know everybody is going to look at me so it's a bit of - a lot of - stress in fact," Robert said before the climb.

Robert has been arrested many times in various countries as authorities rarely give permission for his dangerous climbs. Robert first climbed a building at the age of 12 when he got locked out of his apartment and decided to mount the eight stories up to an open window.

He has since climbed more than 80 buildings around the world including Chicago's Sears Tower and Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

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Gaja 9 years ago

So whats the BIG deal ?