Alain Robert, the French urban climber dubbed Spiderman for his feats, has scaled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

It took him six hours to climb the 828-m (2,717-ft) tower in the United Arab Emirates city, with the tapered spire above the top floors.

A large crowd viewed from the ground as he moved up the facade, picked out by spotlights after darkness fell. Unlike his many previous climbs, he used a rope and harness to comply with safety regulations.

The 48-year-old human spider has previously climbed more than 70 skyscrapers. These include Chicago’s Willies Tower, Empire State Building, and the famous Petronas Towers in Malaysia. He also climbed Taipei 101, which was the tallest building in the world before Burj in 2004.

After the Burj, Robert plans to scale some more towers in France, Singapore in Turkey.

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