Friday, March 25, 2011

Spiderman to climb Burj Khalifa on Monday

A French skyscraper climber nicknamed Spiderman hopes to reach new heights next week by scaling the world's tallest tower in Dubai.

The Emirates' Higher Colleges of Technology said on Thursday that climber Alain Robert has been given approval to climb the 2,717 foot-tall (828 metre) Burj Khalifa during the institution's Education Without Borders conference.

Unlike on many of his previous climbs, Robert said he will use a rope and harness on Monday's ascent to comply with organisers' requirements. He has been arrested and fined numerous times elsewhere after scaling buildings without safety equipment.

"I was trying and trying to get the approval, and it was always a big, big no," he told The Associated Press about the Burj Khalifa climb. "At least this is still pleasant, it's a performance. This is still the highest building in the world."

Spiderman to climb Burj Khalifa on Monday

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