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26 February 2024

Climber sets eyes on Burj Khalifa

Spiderman's next challenge. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff Wrietr

French climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman" for his death-defying antics, has set his sights on scaling the world's tallest skyscraper, Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, a report said.

Dubai opened the glistening 828-metre concrete, glass and steel skyscraper on January 4.

"I'll have to do it... maybe between January and April 2011," he was quoted as saying by Malaysia's official Bernama news agency.

"I know the people of Dubai, they are interested [in seeing me climb the skyscraper]," he added.

Robert, 47, was in Malaysia to receive an award for his extraordinary feats in scaling tall buildings. Skyscrapers he has climbed include the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and Taipei 101. He said that climbing the Dubai tower will be a tough mission because of the Middle East heat.

"The problem in Dubai is the hot weather [of] up to 40 degrees Celsius," Robert said.


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