'Spiderman' breaks World Record in Dubai climb

Find out how long it took Alain Robert aka ‘Spiderman' to climb Dubai's Cayan Tower

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Last week we brought you the news that French climber Alain Robert, aka ‘Spiderman’, would attempt a world-record climb up the twisted Cayan Tower in Dubai’s Marina.

On Sunday evening he finally did it.

The 52-year-old tackled the 75-storey Cayan Tower, without a safety harness. It’s 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.

To prepare he drank plenty of water and devoured only a croissant and a latte shortly before his 8pm stunt, opting to have a more substantial meal later.

It seemed whatever his specific plan was worked as he completed the climb in 65 minutes as opposed to the 90 minutes he predicted.

Residents were asked to keep their lights switched off and not to view the spectacular event from their balconies in case it distracted the Guinness World Record-breaking stunt.

Alain was triumphant despite complaining the building had rough edges and of windy weather.

He finished by waving a flag for Cayan Group which was promoting their new Dhs1billion project which will be situated 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.”

The free climber has made headlines around the world having mounted some of the world’s tallest buildings without the help of safety ropes.

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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