'Spiderman' to climb Dubai's twisted Cayan Tower

Alain 'Spiderman' Robert will scale the Cayan Tower in Dubai

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French climber Alain Robert, aka ‘Spiderman’, will attempt a world-record climb up the twisted Cayan Tower.

The 52-year-old plans to dart right from ground level to the very top of the 75-storey Cayan Tower, a landmark officially declared by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 as the globe’s tallest twisted tower standing at 307 meters high.

He said about the event: “I have had my eyes set on this gigantic building ever since it achieved its record-breaking status and I am excited about climbing the Tower. I look forward to adding Cayan Tower to my list of conquests and I hope I will be successful in my endeavour.”

The gala event, held at Grosvenor House on Sunday, is for the official announcement of Cayan Group’s new Dhs1billion project next to other developments including Mohamed Bin Rashid City, Jumeirah Village Circle, Motor City, Dubai Hills and Arabian Ranches.

Ahmed Alhatti, President and Chairman of Cayan Group, said: “With the development of world-class residential and serviced apartment complexes in Dubai, we aim to reaffirm our commitment to providing our clients with superlative housing options in a preferred location in the city.

“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.”

The free climber has made headlines around the world having mounted some of the world’s tallest buildings without the help of safety ropes. Among his other conquests are 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, which was the world’s tallest building at the time.

In 2010, Alain was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records for having ‘climbed more than 100 towers, monuments and skyscrapers without ropes, suction devices or safety equipment. In 2011 he scaled the imposing Burj Khalifa with ropes and safety harnesses due to compulsory safety regulations.

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