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French Spiderman scales Dubai tower

Alain Robert, 52, climbs twisting, 75-story skyscraper

Alain Robert, 52, scales the 75-story Cayan Tower in Dubai on Sunday, April 13, 2015 (screen capture: YouTube)
Alain Robert, 52, scales the 75-story Cayan Tower in Dubai on Sunday, April 13, 2015 (screen capture: YouTube)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A French climber has scaled one of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers, relying on just chalk and sticky tape on his fingertips to help him up the 75-story high Cayan Tower in the emirate’s glitzy marina area.

Alain Robert, 52, completed climbing the 307-meter (1,007-foot) high structure in just 70 minutes on Sunday. He had no harness and little space for his feet on the ledges of the tower, which twists as it ascends.

Robert, who is often described as “The French Spiderman,” is no stranger to scaling tall buildings.

In 2011, he climbed the world’s tallest tower in Dubai. Using a rope and harness to comply with organizers’ requirements, it took him just over six hours to scale the 828-meter (2,717-foot) tall Burj Khalifa.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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