In publicity stunt, ‘Spiderman’ to scale twisted Dubai tower

Alain Robert seen practicing before his attempt next week to climb the Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina. (Photo supplied)

French free urban climbing daredevil Alain Robert – popularly known as ‘Spiderman’ is to climb the twisting Cayan tower in the coastal upscale Marina development, as part of a publicity stunt for the Saudi-headquartered developer's new project, according to a press release.

Robert is excepted to scale - without ropes or other conventional safety equipment, as he is known for - from the ground level to the top of the 75-storey, 307 meter Cayan Tower, a landmark officially declared by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 as the world’s tallest twisted tower.

The firm - which also has properties in Lebanon - is planning to launch a new residential project in Dubai and will hold the launch event on April 12 at one of the city’s many luxury hotels adjacent to its signature warped project.

The Frenchman said that he had his “eyes set on this gigantic building ever since it achieved its record-breaking status and I am excited about climbing the tower,” according to the press release.

In 2011, Robert scaled Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in 2011, the world’s current tallest building – although he was aided by climbing ropes to be in line with local regulations at the time.

His other conquests include the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, New York’s Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Chicago’s Willis Tower, and, in 2004, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, then the world’s tallest building.

Cayan Group chief Ahmed Alhatti said that “an exciting announcement such as this one needed to be done amidst a thrilling event and thus we have in store for our guests an electrifying record-breaking climb by Alain Robert. I would like to wish him the very best of luck for his death-defying feat.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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