‘Spiderman’ scales Burj Khalifa in Dubai

‘Spiderman’ scales Burj Khalifa in Dubai

World famous urban explorer Alain Robert – dubbed ‘Spiderman’ by the press – has scaled the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai as part of his latest daredevil stunt.

The Frenchman took over six hours to make the 828-metre ascent, which included the tapered spire above the top floors.

Spectators watched from the ground as Robert reached the top of the building, illuminated by a spotlight.

He was following in the footsteps of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise who recently clambered across the Burj Khalifa while filming scenes for upcoming blockbuster Mission: Impossible IV.

On this occasion Robert had the support of authorities for the climb – which has not always been the case previously.

He wore a rope and harness in order to comply with safety requirements.

To date Robert has scaled 70 skyscrapers, including New York’s Empire State Building and Willis Tower in Chicago.

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, itself the tallest building in the world, is no stranger to celebrity.

In 2010 it was recognised as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project by the World Travel Awards.

The Awards – known as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ – will this year return to the iconic location to for the Middle East Gala Ceremony on May 2nd.

The event will take place at the Armani Hotel Dubai.