“Spiderman” Alain Robert Climbs Dubai’s Burj Khalifa
Daredevil Alain Robert, popularly known as the French Spiderman, has conquered the world’s tallest building after climbing the 2,717 foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday .
Robert, 48, climbed from the side of the skyscraper using only his bare hands as always, but had to wear a harness to comply with the requirements of the organizers. Robert, who has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers around the world, usually do his stunts without any safety gears. The French Spiderman reached the top of the Burj Khalifa’s spire more than six hours after he started his ascent. His time of 6 hours, 14 minutes, and 55 seconds has reportedly been recognized by the Guinness World Records, which conferred in Robert the title of Fastest Person to Climb the Burj Khalifa.
Strong winds prevented Robert from starting his climb as scheduled. He was finally given the signal to begin his record-setting attempt as the Sun began to set. He reached the summit several minutes past midnight.
With the feat, Robert now has climbed the two tallest buildings in the world. In 2004, he scaled Taiwan’s Taipei 101, which was the world’s tallest before the Burj Khalifa officially opened last year.