Spiderman to climb Dubai’s twisting tower

French tower climber’s tchnical team to study Cayan Tower for climb’s safety

Alain Robert will attempt to climb the Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina.

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The French ‘spiderman’, Alain Robert, is planning to climb the twisting Cayan Tower before the end of the year, the group’s chairman, Ahmed Alhatti, has announced.

Robert is famous for having climbed many of the tallest buildings in the world, often illegally, scaling the outside without using safety equipment. Major climbs include the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower. In 2011 he scaled the Burj Khalifa, though with a partial use of a safety harness according to official requirements.

Alhatti announced that the Cayan Tower, which opened in June this year, will receive the French spiderman’s technical team to investigate the safety and feasibility of a climb, which is expected to be carried out before the end of the year.

Cayan Group built the tower in Dubai at a cost of $272 million (AED: 1bn), renamed ‘Cayan Tower’ from Infinity at its opening, and has also announced plans for a two new development in Riyadh at a cost of $160m (SAR:600m), though Alhatti said that further details of the projects would not be announced before the end of the year.

“Despite Cayan amazingly managing to attract world’s sight and attention, especially among those interested in real estate development and specialised professional on this industry as well as different segments of public audiences, the Spiderman’s team were attracted otherwise,” he said.

“They saw a great opportunity and special difficulty appealing them toward Dubai City, and Cayan Tower, due to its state-of-art engineering construction and lean swerve creation that presents a real challenge for them.

“The one billion Dirham cost tower comprises of 75-story, stands 310m tall, while its concrete structure rotates 1.2 degree as it ascends around its core and top of the tower is offset 90 degrees from the base. This creation stands by Dubai Marina in a lean architecture form; not mechanically or by any other means, – obviously it is an architectural creativity.”


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